Word Of The Week (WOW #12)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me), it’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week.


If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

Here’s this week’s WOW:



Part Of Speech:


3rd person present: enervates

past tense: enervated

past participle: enervated

gerund or present participle: enervating

adverb: enervatingly

noun: enervation



Verb: make (someone) feel drained of energy or vitality.
Adjectivelacking in energy or vitality.
Medical: obsolete: to cut the nerves or tendons of

exhaust, tire, fatigue, weary, wear out, devitalize, drain, sap, weaken, make weak, make feeble, enfeeble, debilitate, incapacitate, indispose, prostrate, immobilize, lay low, put out of action.


invigorate, strengthen, revive, bolster.

Word Origin: 

Early 17th century: from Latin enervat- ‘weakened (by extraction of the sinews)’, from the verb enervare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + nervus ‘sinew’.

Use in sentence: 


The wrestler’s plan was to deliver a crushing blow which would enervate his opponent.

The alcohol appeared to enervate Jason’s ability to focus at work.


The enervate slightness of his frail form.

It gives her something to do, and keeps her quiet, which I think is desirable while this enervating weather lasts.


The nerves of the autonomic nervous system enervate the smooth involuntary muscles of the (internal organs) and glands and cause them to function and secrete their enzymes etc.

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 verbenergize. In fact enervate 
does not come from the same source as energize (Greek energos, "active"). It comes 
from Latin nervus, "sinew." Thusenervate means "to cause to become 'out of muscle',"
that is, "to weaken or deplete of strength."


I hope you guys like this word and hope it’s useful to you in some or the other way!

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