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enfeeble

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verb en·fee·ble \in-ˈfē-bəl, en-\

Definition of enfeeble

en·fee·bleden·fee·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make feeble :  deprive of strength

en·fee·ble·ment play \-bəl-mənt\ noun


Examples of enfeeble

  1. <long periods of being confined to a hospital bed will enfeeble anyone>



Origin of enfeeble

Middle English enfeblen, from Anglo-French enfebler, enfeblir, from en- + feble feeble


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of enfeeble

weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, undermine, sap, cripple, disable mean to lose or cause to lose strength or vigor. weaken may imply loss of physical strength, health, soundness, or stability or of quality, intensity, or effective power <a disease that weakens the body's defenses> . enfeeble implies an obvious and pitiable condition of weakness and helplessness <enfeebled by starvation>. debilitate suggests a less marked or more temporary impairment of strength or vitality <the debilitating effects of surgery>. undermine and sap suggest a weakening by something working surreptitiously and insidiously <a poor diet undermines your health> <drugs had sapped his ability to think>. cripple implies causing a serious loss of functioning power through damaging or removing an essential part or element <crippled by arthritis>. disable suggests a usually sudden crippling or enfeebling <disabled soldiers received an immediate discharge>.


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