Monday word of the week – Enervate

The word of the week is Enervate – n·er·vate

From  en·er·vat·eden·er·vat·ingen·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. (-nûrvt)

Deprived of strength; debilitated.

ener·vation n.
ener·vative adj.
ener·vator 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.”



Enervate is defined as to weaken or take away physical, mental or moral strength.

An example of enervate is when a medication causes a person to lose their physical strength.


I must admit that my first inclination when seeing the word was to think it was similar to energize, but that is wrong. This is one of those words where you think you can figure out what it means because it sounds like something else, but then you find out you are wrong. It is always good to look up those questionable words to be sure.



The definition of enervate, the meaning of the word Enervate:

Is enervate a scrabble word? Yes!

  • v. – Weaken mentally or morally
  • v. – Disturb the composure of

Enervate is worth 11 points in Scrabble, and 13 points in Words with Friends

There are 8 letters in enervate: A E E E N R T V

Have fun using this word this week.



About Deb Prewitt

I am an aspiring artist. I love all things creative and enjoy the people around me who are artistic. I live in Colorado which is a great place to be. I enjoy lots of different things and plan on exploring those things in this blog.
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