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[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.
Origin of enervate
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enervating
  • Instead of enervating him, those moments seemed to energize him.
  • It poured rain, but no one cared, for the river and the rain were the only relief from the enervating heat.
  • But it's an enervating bummer nonetheless, largely because it shows so little respect for its two likable stars and its audience.
  • There are those spasms of silence which are rather enervating, and then there are times when the voices are somewhat stentorian.
  • If thug life is violent and dangerous, home life is even worse-so dreary and enervating.
  • The purpose of the proposed injection was to block the nerves enervating the anomalous joint.
  • Second, there was a fairly sharp and enervating difference in basic concepts of purpose between the two partners in the venture.
British Dictionary definitions for enervating


tending to deprive of strength or vitality; physically or mentally weakening; debilitating


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 enervating



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

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enervating 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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