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First Known Use of enervate
Examples of enervate in a Sentence
a lifetime of working in dreary jobs had enervated his very soul
the surgery really enervated me for weeks afterwards
Recent Examples of enervate from the Web
Most of the Africans dotted across the asphalt in tents or sprawled on mattresses in the enervating heat of a Roman summer have no permission to be there either.
Capitalism enriches a society but also risks enervating the senses and the spirit by shrinking human aspirations into material acquisitiveness.
Modern America, with its enervating comforts — including cosseting parents — and present-minded education that produces cultural amnesia, must deliberately make its citizens.
But, as the activism increased, the classroom discussions occasionally seemed enervated, the participants vaguely distracted.
Seemingly immune to political norms, his brassy courting of scandal is frustrating attempts to effectively govern, enervating progress on health care and tax reform.
These and other incidents in a long and enervating season have prompted Bradshaw to step up efforts to deal with tanking.
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Did You Know?
Enervate is a word that some people use without really knowing what it means. They seem to believe that because "enervate" looks a little bit like "energize" and "invigorate" it must share their meaning - but it is actually their antonym. "Enervate" comes from the Latin word enervare, which was formed from the prefix e-, meaning "out of," and "-nervare" (from nervus, meaning "sinew or nerve"). So, etymologically at least, someone who is enervated is "out of nerve."
Synonymscastrate, damp, dampen, deaden, desiccate, devitalize, dehydrate, geld, lobotomize, petrify
Antonymsbrace, energize, enliven, invigorate, quicken, stimulate, vitalize, vivify
Related Wordsburn out, debilitate, do in, drain, enfeeble, exhaust, fatigue, sap, tucker (out), undermine, weaken, wear, wear out; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit
Near Antonymsarouse, rouse, stir; charge, electrify, galvanize; excite, ferment, fire, foment, incite, inflame (also enflame), instigate, kindle, provoke, spark, trigger, whip (up); abet, boost, buoy, cheer, embolden, fortify, hearten, inspire, lift; reactivate, reanimate, reawake, reawaken, recharge, reenergize, refresh, regenerate, rejuvenate, rekindle, renew, resurrect, resuscitate, revitalize, revive
Synonym Discussion of enervate
- unnerved by the near collision
- a nation's youth enervated by affluence and leisure
- a soldier unmanned by the terrors of battle
- an amendment that emasculates existing safeguards
ENERVATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enervate for English Language Learners
: to make (someone or something) very weak or tired
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