Definition of enervate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɛnəveɪt
[with object] (often as adjective enervated or enervating)


Pronunciation: /ɪˈnəːvət
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  • Lacking in energy or vitality: the enervate slightness of his frail form
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    • A few weeks of the Blair, Bush, and Campbell vision of an enervate media might change their minds.
    • After charging his age with being an enervate breed which is "ever on his knees before the footstool of Authority," he goes on to observe that the process of statute-making ought to make one pause before according so much unquestioned deference to statutes.



adjective rare


early 17th century: from Latin enervat- 'weakened (by extraction of the sinews)', from the verb enervare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out of' + nervus 'sinew'.

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