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  • The late nights and drugs were so enervating, she couldn’t hold on to her job.
  • Other nights she could sleep for eighteen drugged hours and wake, enervated, hardly able to stand.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Now they must either attack the fort and accept the onus of striking the first blow, or face an indefinite and enervating occupation of Sumter by Anderson’s soldiers.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • None of these men were enervated by wealth or hesitated to resign the pleasures of life; none of them put off the evil day in the hope, natural to poverty, that a man, though poor, may one day become rich.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration

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  • There was of course the threat of an enemy offensive looming about like a pall, but even that, too, seemed to be dissipating, the notion grown more enervating, somehow, than frightful.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Chamberlin, for instance, felt: "The firemen kept at work fighting the flames — stupidly and listlessly, for they had worked hard all of Saturday night and most of Sunday, and had been enervated by the whisky, which is always copiously poured on such occasions."
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Enervating.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I had grown to find those occasions of vice enervating.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Enervation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The heat of it enervated.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch

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  • If he possesses an unusual share of native energy, or the enervating magic of place do not operate too long upon him, his forfeited powers may be redeemable.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • There is, in that mode of life, good mingled with evil, for if enervation is baleful, generosity is good and healthful.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • —The enervating friendship which enfolds you Is like an open-laced Italian collar, Floating around your neck in woman’s fashion; One is at ease thus,—but less proud the carriage!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • What is the nature of the luxury which enervates and destroys nations?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • During the past year Blomkvist had often regretted that they had hired Dahlman, who had an enervating habit of looking at everything in as negative a light as possible.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • When you are at Madagascar, or at the Cape, or in India, would it be a consolation to have that memento in your possession? or would the sight of it bring recollections calculated to enervate and distress?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Take away the press; heresy is enervated.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Liza was as soft and enervated as Sappho was smart and abrupt.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But, mindful of paramount obligations I strive against scruples that may tend to enervate decision.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Marie, whose nervous system had been enervated by a constant course of self-indulgence, had nothing to support the terror of the shock, and, at the time her husband breathed his last, was passing from one fainting fit to another; and he to whom she had been joined in the mysterious tie of marriage passed from her forever, without the possibility of even a parting word.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • On Wednesday he appeared at the office after a week at home, and Leona Cassiani was horrified at seeing him so pale and enervated.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The air of the place, so fresh in the spring and early summer, was stagnant and enervating now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Sometimes coming out of her fragrant bath all warm and enervated, she would fall to musing on the nothingness of life, the sorrow, the labour, the malice of itů.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • The plane zoomed upward again in a climb that was swift and straining, until he leveled it out with another harsh shout at McWatt and wrenched it around once more in a roaring, merciless forty-five-degree turn that sucked his insides out in one enervating sniff and left him floating fleshless in mid-air until he leveled McWatt out again just long enough to hurl him back around toward the right and then down into a screeching dive.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They became exhausted in imitation of them; and they yaw-yawed in their speech like them; and they served out, with an enervated air, the little mouldy rations of political economy, on which they regaled their disciples.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I was sick, enervated, depressed, losing my tenuous hold on reality.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • But Mr. Tulliver was determined not to encourage such shuffling people any longer; and a ride along the Basset lanes was not likely to enervate a man’s resolution by softening his temper.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Henchard’s visits here grew so frequent and so regular that it soon became whispered, and then openly discussed in Casterbridge that the masterful, coercive Mayor of the town was raptured and enervated by the genteel widow Mrs. Newson.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • We made these strangers our bosom friends, our confidential servants; we borrowed their artists and their arts, and despised the honest simplicity and hardihood with which our brave ancestors supported themselves, and we became enervated by Norman arts long ere we fell under Norman arms.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • It was exhausting and enervating and deliciously pleasurable.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • One night while the heat, overpowering and enervating, poured into the windows of his room he struggled for several hours in a vague effort to immortalize the poignancy of that time.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • It was only whispered, for something unutterably mournful no less than distressing in this spectacle of a man showing himself to be so entirely the vane of a passion enervated the feminine instinct for punctilios.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • With very few exceptions, all the so-called Socialist and Communist publications that now (1847) circulate in Germany belong to the domain of this foul and enervating literature.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • There were centipedes three fingers wide whose bite caused excruciating pain for a day, butterflies as big as little birds, thick and nearly impenetrable jungles, bottomless mangrove swamps, man-eating-crocodile-infested rivers, millions of insects, four types of rats larger than house cats, and heavy daily torrents of rain bringing enervating humidity.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He had once before felt in his own person this overpowering of the fervid by the inanimate; but then it had tended to enervate a passion far sweeter than that which at present pervaded him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • It was the final affront, more subtle and more enervating than the offer to teach chemistry to children.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • An artful cabal in that council would be able to distract and to enervate the whole system of administration.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • And what is the cause of the enervation and apathy that arise when the rules of life are not abrogated from time to time?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • There are no revolutions which do not shake existing belief, enervate authority, and throw doubts over commonly received ideas.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Its big rooms were heated by a small furnace which sent up, when charged with fire, a hot dry enervation to the rooms of the first floor, and a gaseous but chill radiation to those upstairs.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Those beeches and smooth limes—there was something enervating in the very sight of them; but the strong knotted old oaks had no bending languor in them—the sight of them would give a man some energy.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • A few fat bees, enervated by the August heat that was unable to penetrate Joe’s chill, forsook their usual darting urgency and traveled languidly across the meadow from wildflower to wildflower, as though flying in their sleep and acting out a shared dream about collecting nectar.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • But the air of these climates had so enervating an influence that man, absorbed by present enjoyment, was rendered regardless of the future.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Morrel hesitated to advance; he dreaded the enervating effect of all that he saw.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It enervates the powers of the mind, and benumbs the activity of man.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Such a condition cannot but enervate the soul, relax the springs of the will, and prepare a people for servitude.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But I am of opinion that a central administration enervates the nations in which it exists by incessantly diminishing their public spirit.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The evening that had excited me had enervated and depressed him; he had become irritable as soon as we had left Yvette’s house.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Their prevailing frame of mind then is at once ardent and relaxed, violent and enervated.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The land had grown dry and yellow in the enervation of the summer.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
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