Synonyms and Antonyms of enervate
1 to deprive of emotional or intellectual vitality a lifetime of working in dreary jobs had enervated his very soul Synonyms castrate, damp, dampen, deaden, desiccate, devitalize, dehydrate, geld, lobotomize, petrifyRelated Words burn out, debilitate, do in, drain, enfeeble, exhaust, fatigue, sap, tucker (out), undermine, weaken, wear, wear out; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispiritNear Antonyms arouse, 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, reviveAntonyms brace, energize, enliven, invigorate, quicken, stimulate, vitalize, vivify
2 to diminish the physical strength of the surgery really enervated me for weeks afterwards Synonyms debilitate, devitalize, weaken, enfeeble, etiolate, prostrate, sap, soften, tire, wasteRelated Words cripple, disable, hamstring, incapacitate; deplete, depress, exhaust, impoverish, unman, wash out; damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, invalid, lay up; break down, grind (down), wear down, wear out; paralyzeNear Antonyms energize, invigorate, recruit, rejuvenate, vitalize; harden, season, toughenAntonyms beef (up), fortify, strengthen
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