enervation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n enervation surgical removal of a nerve
    • n enervation lack of vitality "an enervation of mind greater than any fatigue"
    • n enervation serious weakening and loss of energy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Enervation The act of weakening, or reducing strength.
    • Enervation The state of being weakened; effeminacy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n enervation The act of enervating, or the state of being enervated; reduction or weakening of strength; effeminacy.
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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. enervatio,: cf. F. Ă©nervation,

Usage

In literature:

They draw you towards them as do the sirens, are as deadly as poison, admirably fantastic, enervating, dreadful.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
The want of sleep, and excessive indulgence in it, alike operate to enervate both body and mind.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
Enervating had been a great word with Mr. Monk, and Phineas had clung to it with admiration.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
The choice might have been worse, for the fiction to which he had access was more enervating.
"The Zeit-Geist" by Lily Dougall
But the federative diet weakened and enervated its designs by those secret influences all federations naturally possess.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
His morbid gloom has enervated him, and the call of the splendid earth is beyond him.
"Among Famous Books" by John Kelman
But astronomy is a very enervating branch of science.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.)" by Various
They totter about in their second childhood, mentally and physically enervated.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
If France had been beaten at the Marne, notice would have been served on humanity that thrift and refinement mean enervation.
"My Second Year of the War" by Frederick Palmer
My mind is enervated and feeble, like my body.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Being kept in a prudent equipoise it is neither worn away by continual fighting nor enervated by unbroken peace.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
The enervating blight of luxury and the despair of pinching want were strangers in their midst.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
Enervated by luxury, they soon forgot their vows, and rushed into every kind of extravagance and dissipation.
"The Boy Crusaders" by John G. Edgar
To do this, it was necessary that the king should be kept ignorant, and should be incited only to enervating indulgence.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
At last, this line, enervated by luxury, became extinct, and another family obtained the throne.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
The climate is hot, humid, enervating.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
If the beach was sandy, the atmosphere was enervating.
"The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2" by Various
These first spring days are so enervating.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
E'en gentle Weldon taught us manly notes, Beyond the enervate thrills of Roman throats!
"The Poetical Works of William Collins" by William Collins
The Macedonians considered warm water to be enervating; and their women, after accouchement, were washed with cold water.
"Every Man his own Doctor" by R. T. Claridge
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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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