[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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- (tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
- deprived of strength or vitality; weakened
Word Origin for enervate
C17: from Latin ēnervāre to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew
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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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