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sap

noun

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2 one who is easily deceived or cheated
  • some poor sap would probably fall for that telephone scam

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3 a heavy rigid stick used as a weapon or for punishment
  • the sadistic prison guards freely used their saps to enforce discipline

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4 the condition of being sound in body
  • I may no longer have the sap of youth, but I do have the sapience that comes only with advanced years

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sap

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of sap (Entry 2 of 2)

to diminish the physical strength of
  • weeks of hard work had sapped her and left her exhausted

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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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The first known use of sap was before the 12th century

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“Sap.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sap. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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