每日一词:enervate(转自 韦氏词典)

原文链接


Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for December 27, 2018 is:

enervate • \EN-er-vayt\  • verb

1 : to reduce the mental or moral vigor of

2 : to lessen the vitality or strength of

Examples:

Dehydration and prolonged exposure to the sun had enervated the shipwrecked crew, leaving them almost too weak to hail the passing vessel.

“In contrast, there was dignity in the Joad family (of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath). When the Dust Bowl smothered Oklahoma, the Joads were not enervated, they moved west in search of work.” — George Will, The Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2016

Did you know?

Enervate is a word that some people use without really knowing what it means. They seem to believe that because enervate looks a little bit like energize and invigorate it must share their meaning—but it is actually their antonym. Enervate comes from the Latin enervatus,the past participle of the verb enervare, which literally means “to remove the sinews of,” but is also used figuratively in the sense of “to weaken.” The Latin enervare was formed from the prefix e-, meaning “out of,” and nervus, meaning “sinew or nerve.” So etymologically, at least, someone who is enervated is “out of nerve.”


Lake桑

December 27, 2018 at 01:00PM

发布者

lakejason0

日常潜水~ Blog:https://lakejason0.wordpress.com

发表评论

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com 徽标

您正在使用您的 WordPress.com 账号评论。 注销 /  更改 )

Google photo

您正在使用您的 Google 账号评论。 注销 /  更改 )

Twitter picture

您正在使用您的 Twitter 账号评论。 注销 /  更改 )

Facebook photo

您正在使用您的 Facebook 账号评论。 注销 /  更改 )

Connecting to %s

这个站点使用 Akismet 来减少垃圾评论。了解你的评论数据如何被处理