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  • v. Present participle of enervate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. causing the loss of strength or vigor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing debilitation


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  • It soon becomes enervating, which is why politics rarely engage serious people's attentioo these days and are a falling market in media coverage.

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  • Yes, I'm critical, but I'm also firmly in this show's grip and don't deny it. 24 is a classic example of why "enervating" rhymes with "entertaining."

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  • For your own sake, nip this kind of enervating speculation in the bud.

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  • If we wanted to bully the weak, we’d support the kind of enervating garbage that liberals have spent the last fifty years trying to push onto the disadvantaged.

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  • "I've been thinking, ies kind of enervating to live where ies warm-to-hot all the time -- and I think we've

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  • What was needed was the creation of the “sober, industrious, and thrifty” worker who rejected “riotous living,” “the display of enervating luxury,” and “the insane attempt to keep up appearances which are not legitimate.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Hunt's bold innovation is to bring that "black dog" to furry life as an insistent, insidious and enervating presence, sometimes known as Black Pat and sometimes - taking the name of Churchill's home - as Mr. Chartwell.

    Book World: 'Mr. Chartwell' reviewed by Ron Charles

  • A series of enervating campus visits is marked by interchangeably chirpy undergraduate tour guides united by their ability to walk backward while extolling the school's a capella groups and reassuring parents about the high priority placed on security.

    A Craving for Acceptance

  • When I first wrote about the link between career success and emotional conflict in Modern Madness a couple of decades ago, I found that the main conflicts people typically experienced were enervating trade-offs and feelings of self-betrayal -- especially around personal values and ideals that clashed with the behavior and attitudes necessary for career advancement.

    Douglas LaBier: Does Your Job Interfere With Your Life?

  • Yup, we'll all resolve to shrug off our enervating Olympics-related cynicism if you lot promise to deliver 75 feel-gold golds.

    Everything will be better next year!


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  • This one always tricks me. I think it sounds like some combination of invigorating and energizing.

    September 26, 2014

  • My adjectival use: 'Tokyo has an enervating climate in summer.'

    August 22, 2011

  • This word tricks so many people, cause you think it's good. But it actually means something else.

    August 2, 2008