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[en-er-vey-tid] /ˈɛn ərˌveɪ tɪd/
without vigor, force, or strength; languid.
Origin of enervated
1650-60; enervate + -ed2
Related forms
unenervated, adjective


[v. en-er-veyt; adj. ih-nur-vit] /v. ˈɛn ərˌveɪt; adj. ɪˈnɜr vɪt/
verb (used with object), enervated, enervating.
to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
1595-1605; < Latin ēnervātus weakened (past participle of ēnervāre) equivalent to ē- e-1 + nerv(us) sinew (see nerve) + -ātus -ate1; compare Anglo-French enervir, French énerver
Related forms
enervation, noun
enervative, adjective
enervator, noun
nonenervating, adjective
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Examples from the web for enervated
  • With this weakness there is a condition of nervousness or irritability, accompanied by a languid and enervated feeling.
  • It has always been the tired, unintelligent, and enervated periods that have played with the dream of perpetual peace.
  • And the public, perhaps sufficiently enervated and confused by reality, was not eager to see it recreated on screen.
  • He had come in dehydrated, with sunken eyes, too enervated to even cry.
  • But the vast bulk of the world's population lives outside these enervated and overextended enclaves.
  • Fish trapped in these pools, enervated by a dwindling oxygen supply and rising temperatures, become easy prey.
  • enervated by their exciting research, students are now ready for the collection and development of cultures.
British Dictionary definitions for enervated


verb (ˈɛnəˌveɪt)
(transitive) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
adjective (ɪˈnɜːvɪt)
deprived of strength or vitality; weakened
Derived Forms
enervation, noun
enervative, adjective
enervator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēnervāre to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew
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Word Origin and History for enervated



c.1600, from Latin enervatus, past participle of enervare "to weaken" (see enervation). Related: Ennervated; ennervating.

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enervated in Medicine

enervate en·er·vate (ěn'ər-vāt')
v. en·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing, en·er·vates

  1. To remove a nerve or nerve part.

  2. To cause weakness or a reduction of strength.

en'er·va'tion n.
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