Enervate E*ner"vate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enervated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enervating}.] [L. enervatus, p. p. of enervare, fr. enervis nerveless, weak; e out + nervus nerve. See {Nerve}.] To deprive of nerve, force, strength, or courage; to render feeble or impotent; to make effeminate; to impair the moral powers of. [1913 Webster]

A man . . . enervated by licentiousness. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

And rhyme began t' enervate poetry. --Dryden.

Syn: To weaken; enfeeble; unnerve; debilitate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Enervate — E*ner vate, a. [L. enervatus, p. p.] Weakened; weak; without strength of force. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enervate — index debilitate, depreciate, disable, disarm (divest of arms), eviscerate, exhaust (deplete), extenuate …   Law dictionary

  • enervate — (v.) c.1600, from L. enervatus, pp. of enervare to weaken (see ENERVATION (Cf. enervation)). Related: Ennervated; ennervating …   Etymology dictionary

  • enervate — *unnerve, emasculate, unman Analogous words: *weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, undermine, sap, disable: *abase, demean, debase, degrade: exhaust, jade, fatigue, *tire, weary Antonyms: harden, inure Contrasted words: energize, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • enervate — [v] tire, wear out debilitate, devitalize, disable, enfeeble, exhaust, fatigue, incapacitate, jade, paralyze, sap, unnerve, vitiate, weaken, weary; concepts 156,225,250 Ant. activate, animate, empower, energize, invigorate, liven, strengthen …   New thesaurus

  • enervate — ► VERB ▪ cause to feel drained of energy. DERIVATIVES enervation noun. ORIGIN Latin enervare weaken (by extraction of the sinews) , from nervus sinew …   English terms dictionary

  • enervate — [en′ər vāt΄; ] for adj. [ ē nʉr′vit, ē nʉr′vāt΄] vt. enervated, enervating [< L enervatus, pp. of enervare < enervis, nerveless, weak < e , out + nervus, NERVE] to deprive of strength, force, vigor, etc.; weaken physically, mentally, or… …   English World dictionary

  • enervate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. weaken, devitalize, unnerve, paralyze, soften, emasculate, unman, debilitate, enfeeble, effeminate. See impotence, weakness.Ant., innervate, invigorate. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. debilitate,… …   English dictionary for students

  • enervate — I. adjective Date: 1603 lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor ; enervated II. transitive verb ( vated; vating) Etymology: Latin enervatus, past participle of enervare, from e + nervus sinew more at nerve Date: 1605 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • enervate — enervation, n. enervative, adj. enervator, n. v. /en euhr vayt /; adj. /i nerr vit/, v., enervated, enervating, adj. v.t. 1. to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken. adj. 2. enervated …   Universalium

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