[verb en-er-veyt; adjective ih-nur-vit]
- to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
Origin of enervate
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Related Wordsdebility, attenuation, enfeeblement, feebleness, weakness, depletion, frailty, exhaustion
Examples from the Web for enervation
There was therefore not only a denaturation, but an enervation of our poetry.
Nothing but harass, enervation, lassitude, deafening clamor.
And from this time his enervation was steadily on the increase.The Campaign of Chancellorsville
Theodore A. Dodge
The soirée at Sabine Marsy's had caused Vaudrey to feel something like the enervation that follows intoxication.
All this time the heavy sobbing of Felicien was heard, as upon the landing-place he wept in the enervation of hope.The Dream
- (tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
- deprived of strength or vitality; weakened
C17: from Latin ēnervāre to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew
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Word Origin and History for enervation
c.1600, from Latin enervatus, past participle of enervare "to weaken" (see enervation). Related: Ennervated; ennervating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To remove a nerve or nerve part.
- To cause weakness or a reduction of strength.
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