Definition of enervate:
lobotomize, enfeeble, unnerve, prostrate, castrate, unsettle, waste, petrify, desiccate, desiccate, strong, weaken, devitalize, undo, dampen, etiolate, soften, geld, study at unnerve, undermine, attenuate, deaden, damp, faze.
Gray, it is true, though unjustly condemned as artificial and meretricious in his style, had infused into the scanty works which he has bequeathed to immortality a pathos and a richness foreign to the literature of the age; and, subsequently, Goldsmith, in the affecting yet somewhat enervate simplicity of his verse, had obtained for Poetry a brief respite from a school at once declamatory and powerless, and led her forth for a " Sunshine Holiday" into the village green and under the hawthorn shade.- "The Disowned, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
The ruling nobility are no less afraid of one another than they are of the people; and, for that reason, politically enervate their own body by the same effeminate luxury by which they corrupt their subjects.- "The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)", Edmund Burke.
O'er his dark brow, where late the myrtle waved, where wanton roses breathed enervate love, he rears the beaming casque and nodding plume; grasps the bright shield, and shakes the ponderous lance; or mounts with eager pride his fiery steed, and burns for deeds of glorious chivalry.- "Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete", Washington Irving.