enervate

Part of speech: verb

To deprive of energy or vigor; weaken.

Part of speech: adjective

Rendered feeble or effeminate; weakened.

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Usage examples "enervate":

  1. On each enervate string they taught the note To pant, or tremble through a eunuch's throat. - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.
  2. The oppression of that stooping position, the lamp- smoke, the unusual strain on the muscles, the realization of a whole world of gold above and all about them, seemed to strangle and enervate them. - "The Flying Legion", George Allan England.
  3. Current thought and speech Is infested by the floating fragments of these two systems- by loose phrases, by vague notions, by superstitions, that enervate the human intellect and endanger social safety. - "Studies in Literature", John Morley.