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Jun 24, 2015
This week’s theme
Words derived from body parts

This week’s words
precipitous
oppugn
enervate
splenetic
eviscerate

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enervate

PRONUNCIATION:
(verb: EN-uhr-vayt, adj.: i-NUHR-vit)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To deprive of strength or vitality.
adjective: Deprived of strength; Weakened.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin enervare (to weaken), from ex- (out) + nervus (sinew). Earliest documented use: 1603.

USAGE:
“Dan Perjovschi has seen how rule by fear can twist and enervate a society.”
R.C. Baker; Best in Show; The Village Voice (New York); Aug 8, 2007.

See more usage examples of enervate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Patriotism, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit it is the first. -Ambrose Bierce, writer (24 Jun 1842-1914)

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