enervate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v enervate weaken mentally or morally
    • v enervate disturb the composure of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Enervate To deprive of nerve, force, strength, or courage; to render feeble or impotent; to make effeminate; to impair the moral powers of. "A man . . . enervated by licentiousness.""And rhyme began t' enervate poetry."
    • a Enervate Weakened; weak; without strength of force.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • enervate To deprive of nerve, force, or strength; weaken; render feeble: as, idleness and voluptuous indulgences enervate the body.
    • enervate Figuratively, to deprive of force or applicability; render ineffective; refute.
    • enervate To cut the nerves of: as, to enervate a horse.
    • enervate Synonyms To enfeeble, unnerve, debilitate, paralyze, unstring, relax.
    • enervate Weakened; weak; enervated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Enervate en-ėr′vāt to deprive of nerve, strength, or courage: to weaken
    • adj Enervate weakened: spiritless
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Quotations

  • Arthur Rimbaud
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    “I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. enervatus, p. p. of enervare, fr. enervis, nerveless, weak; e, out + nervus, nerve. See Nerve

Usage

In literature:

Learn how Salmacis became infamous, {and} why it enervates, with its enfeebling waters, and softens the limbs bathed {in it}.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
To-night the atmosphere was light and soft, brilliant and enervating.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
The warm moist air of Trinidad is deuced enervating.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
What do you think of the enervating ray, heh?
"The Winged Men of Orcon" by David R. Sparks
At first he thought the draught stimulative, but in a while he began to know that it was enervating.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Who has not suffered from their enervating effects?
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
She was enervated by melancholy, scorched by impatience, then chilled by an indefinable foreboding, just as her father had been.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
The climate is warm, but not enervating; the scenery is in many parts very beautiful.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was like the liqueur that enervated her so deliciously.
"The Fête At Coqueville 1907" by Emile Zola
Because a gross and enervating luxury has overtaken us.
"Mental Efficiency" by Arnold Bennett
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In poetry:

Though age may enervate your frame
And dim the lustre of your eye,
No lapse of time can soil your name,
For names like yours can never die.
"The Donation Visit" by David John Scott
Enervate, long she stood—a sculptur'd dread,
'Till waking sense dissolv'd amazement's chain;
Then home, with timid haste, distracted fled,
And sunk in dreadful agony of pain.
"Henry and Eliza" by Thomas Gent

In news:

This enervated indie (well, studio-financed indie.
Walter Goodman is right (Critic's Notebook, Sept 23): a journalist-commentator like H. L Mencken would clear the political smog that envelops and enervates us now.
SLIGHTLY THAN FOUR YEARS AGO, on November 15, 2002, a 26-year-old woman named Hava Leichtman sat in a Michigan courtroom, still enervated, and sore, from giving birth.
Davis Cup ties, even semifinals, tend to pass under the radar for all but the most devout of fans when they're played just a week after the final and most enervating Grand Slam event, the US Open.
Canoodle, puce, enervate -- are you sure you know what you're saying.
Alec Baldwin- "Now that this enervating election is over, lets help rebuild New Jersey, Staten Island, the Rockaways, et al ".
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