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enervated

[en-er-vey-tid] /ˈɛn ərˌveɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
without vigor, force, or strength; languid.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; enervate + -ed2
Related forms
unenervated, adjective

enervate

[v. en-er-veyt; adj. ih-nur-vit] /v. ˈɛn ərˌveɪt; adj. ɪˈnɜr vɪt/
verb (used with object), enervated, enervating.
1.
to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
adjective
2.
Origin
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
Can be confused
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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

enervate

verb (ˈɛnəˌveɪt)
1.
(transitive) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
adjective (ɪˈnɜːvɪt)
2.
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

enervate

v.

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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