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enfeeble

[en-fee-buh l]
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verb (used with object), en·fee·bled, en·fee·bling.
  1. to make feeble; weaken: That bout of pneumonia enfeebled him.
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Origin of enfeeble

1300–50; Middle English enfeblen < Old French enfeblir. See en-1, feeble
Related formsen·fee·ble·ment, nounen·fee·bler, nounun·en·fee·bled, adjective

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enervate, debilitate.
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  • The Duke of Lerma, infirm and enfeebled by years, was unable to confront his foes.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • In a flash it had come to me who that enfeebled gentleman was.

  • In the selfishness of her enfeebled spirit, Kate still rejoiced.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • But the voice was so enfeebled by disease as to be scarcely audible.

  • A diseased body causes a disordered mind and an enfeebled will.

    Practical Ethics

    William DeWitt Hyde


British Dictionary definitions for enfeebled

enfeeble

verb
  1. (tr) to make weak; deprive of strength
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Derived Formsenfeeblement, nounenfeebler, noun
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Word Origin and History for enfeebled

enfeeble

v.

mid-14c., from Old French enfeblir "become weak," from en- (see en- (1)) + feble (see feeble). Related: Enfeebled; enfeebling.

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