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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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Historical Examples of enfeeblement

  • The neglected gift was beginning to show signs of decay and enfeeblement.

  • Human strength increases with enhancement and decreases with enfeeblement.

  • Long after the political break-up and enfeeblement of the Arabs, this intellectual community of the Arab-speaking world endured.

  • His humility, that is, was precisely an example of moral vitality and insight rather than of moral awkwardness and enfeeblement.

    The Promise Of American Life

    Herbert David Croly

  • The dream is not a pathological phenomenon, and it does not leave behind an enfeeblement of the mental faculties.

    Dream Psychology

    Sigmund Freud

British Dictionary definitions for enfeeblement


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



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

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