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tr.v. en·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing, en·er·vates
1. To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: "the luxury which enervates and destroys nations" (Henry David Thoreau).
2. Medicine To remove a nerve or part of a nerve.
adj. (ĭ-nûr′vĭt)
Deprived of strength; debilitated.

[Latin ēnervāre, ēnervāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + nervus, sinew; see (s)neəu- in Indo-European roots.]

en′er·va′tion n.
en′er·va′tive adj.
en′er·va′tor n.
Usage Note: Sometimes people mistakenly use enervate to mean "to invigorate" or "to excite" by assuming that this word is a close cousin of the verb energize. In fact enervate does not come from the same source as energize (Greek energos, "active"). It comes from Latin nervus, "sinew." Thus enervate means "to cause to become 'out of muscle' ," that is, "to weaken or deplete of strength."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enervation - lack of vitality; "an enervation of mind greater than any fatigue"
weakness - the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"
2.enervation - serious weakening and loss of energyenervation - serious weakening and loss of energy
weakening - becoming weaker
3.enervation - surgical removal of a nerve
ablation, cutting out, extirpation, excision - surgical removal of a body part or tissue


The depletion or sapping of strength or energy:
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They had been warned by Mark Hall of the enervation of the south, and were bound north for their blanket climate.
Equaling the trajectory of killing, the coercive enervation of the Kashmiris is nothing but an attempt to stall their resistance.
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Meister had already sounded out with his first book, Ausstellung (Exhibition), published in 1932, a work depicting ironized states of extreme stasis and enervation in tune with the earlier Die Brucke artists (Kirchner, Bleyl, Heckel) and announcing a kind of dramatically framed alienation often captured in mannerist distortion of bodily postures.
Quixote's knightly armor creaks and rattles in a materialist touch that, unlike Bresson in Lancelot du lac (1974), Serra intends not as a correction to the conventional tropes of medievalist cinema but merely as an absurdist jape--a hint of the antichivalric irony that Cervantes nurtures through hundreds of pages but which the nascent director fails to sustain in his exercise in enervation.
Second, they drew upon related medical theories of enervation, which characterized Indian males as prone to "weakness" for reasons of the climate, lack of exercise, moral shortcomings and exposure to various illnesses.
quipped a wag behind me at the feeble applause greeting the final credits of The Human Surge -- and the film is admittedly heavy going but increasingly magical, a fuzzy reverie drifting from Argentina to Mozambique to the Philippines, following its characters in nausea-inducingly shaky shots then tending to linger to the point of enervation.
Multiculturalism aims at termination or at least enervation of the exclusion mechanism, namely enforcement of the inclusion mechanism.
14) Part of the reason for the popularity of the First World War at its outbreak was a sense of such conflict as invigorating, a healthy respite from the enervation and feminization of an increasingly urban, industrial society.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.
This is supported by earlier work showing that modern, intensive systems cause chronic enervation and boredom in pigs (Wood-Gush and Beilharz, 1983; Wood-Gush and Vestergaard 1989).