toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

enervate
used in Moby Dick

only 1 use
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
weaken mentally or morally

or:

disturb the composure of
  • Nor does it unfrequently occur, that Nantucket captains will send a son of such tender age away from them, for a protracted three or four years' voyage in some other ship than their own; so that their first knowledge of a whaleman's career shall be unenervated by any chance display of a father's natural but untimely partiality, or undue apprehensiveness and concern.
    Chapters 127-129 — The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin—Ahab and Pip (66% in)

There are no more uses of "enervate" in Moby Dick.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®