enfeeble

verb en·fee·ble \ in-ˈfē-bəl , en- \

Definition of enfeeble

enfeebled; enfeebling play \in-ˈfē-b(ə-)liŋ, en-\
transitive verb
:to make feeble :deprive of strength

enfeeblement

play \in-ˈfē-bəl-mənt, en-\ noun

Examples of enfeeble in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of enfeeble

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

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 a condition of marked 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 bringing about impairment or limitation in a physical or mental ability.
    • disabled by an injury sustained at work


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