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enervate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of enervate

  1. 1 to deprive of emotional or intellectual vitality a lifetime of working in dreary jobs had enervated his very soul Synonyms of enervate castrate, damp, dampen, deaden, desiccate, devitalize, dehydrate, geld, lobotomize, petrifyWords Related to enervate burn out, debilitate, do in, drain, enfeeble, exhaust, fatigue, sap, tucker (out), undermine, weaken, wear, wear out; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispiritNear Antonyms of enervate 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 of enervate brace, energize, enliven, invigorate, quicken, stimulate, vitalize, vivify

  2. 2 to diminish the physical strength of the surgery really enervated me for weeks afterwards Synonyms of enervate debilitate, devitalize, weaken, enfeeble, etiolate, prostrate, sap, soften, tire, wasteWords Related to enervate 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 of enervate energize, invigorate, recruit, rejuvenate, vitalize; harden, season, toughenAntonyms of enervate beef (up), fortify, strengthen

Synonym Discussion of enervate

unnerve, enervate, unman, emasculate mean to deprive of strength or vigor and the capacity for effective action. unnerve implies marked often temporary loss of courage, self-control, or power to act.
    • unnerved by the near collision
enervate suggests a gradual physical or moral weakening (as through luxury or indolence) until one is too feeble to make an effort.
    • a nation's youth enervated by affluence and leisure
unman implies a loss of manly vigor, fortitude, or spirit.
    • a soldier unmanned by the terrors of battle
emasculate stresses a depriving of characteristic force by removing something essential.
    • an amendment that emasculates existing safeguards


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