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(Entry 1 of 2)

to use up all the physical energy of
  • the rescue workers pressed on, though their efforts to reach the miners had almost completely fatigued them

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Synonyms & Antonyms of fatigue (Entry 2 of 2)

2 very hard or unpleasant work
  • although he had joined the army for action and adventure, much of his day seemed to be devoted to mindless fatigues

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How is the word fatigue distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of fatigue are exhaust, jade, tire, and weary. While all these words mean "to make or become unable or unwilling to continue," fatigue suggests great lassitude from excessive strain or undue effort.

fatigued by the day's chores

When can exhaust be used instead of fatigue?

While in some cases nearly identical to fatigue, exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion.

shoveling snow exhausted him

When could jade be used to replace fatigue?

The words jade and fatigue can be used in similar contexts, but jade suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness.

appetites jaded by overindulgence

When is tire a more appropriate choice than fatigue?

Although the words tire and fatigue have much in common, tire implies a draining of one's strength or patience.

the long ride tired us out

When might weary be a better fit than fatigue?

While the synonyms weary and fatigue are close in meaning, weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing.

wearied of the constant arguing

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The first known use of fatigue was in 1669

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“Fatigue.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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