enfeeble

  • 1 Enfeeble — En*fee ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enfeebled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enfeebling}.] [OF. enfeblir, enfeiblir; pref. en (L. in) + feble, F. faible, feeble. See {Feeble}.] To make feeble; to deprive of strength; to reduce the strength or force of; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 enfeeble — index debilitate, depreciate, disable, disarm (divest of arms), eviscerate, exhaust (deplete), extenuate …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 enfeeble — mid 14c., from O.Fr. enfeblir become weak, from en (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + feble (see FEEBLE (Cf. feeble)). Related: Enfeebled …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 enfeeble — *weaken, debilitate, sap, undermine, cripple, disable Analogous words: impair, mar, harm, *injure: enervate, emasculate, *unnerve, unman Antonyms: fortify …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 enfeeble — [v] make very weak attenuate, blunt, cripple, debilitate, deplete, devitalize, diminish, disable, exhaust, fatigue, incapacitate, sap, undermine, unhinge, unnerve, weaken, wear out; concepts 240,252 Ant. strengthen …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 enfeeble — ► VERB ▪ weaken. DERIVATIVES enfeeblement noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 enfeeble — [en fē′bəl, infē′bəl] vt. enfeebled, enfeebling [ME enfeblen < OFr enfeblir] to make feeble enfeeblement n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 enfeeble — transitive verb (enfeebled; enfeebling) Etymology: Middle English enfeblen, from Anglo French enfebler, enfeblir, from en + feble feeble Date: 14th century to make feeble ; deprive of strength Synonyms: see weaken • enfeeblement noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 enfeeble — enfeeblement, n. enfeebler, n. /en fee beuhl/, v.t., enfeebled, enfeebling. to make feeble; weaken: That bout of pneumonia enfeebled him. [1300 50; ME enfeblen < OF enfeblir. See EN 1, FEEBLE] Syn. enervate, debilitate. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 10 enfeeble — verb To make feeble. ...the gout, with which he had long been tormented, prevailed over the enfeebled powers of nature. Syn: weaken …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 enfeeble — Synonyms and related words: abate, afflict, attenuate, blunt, bugger, cramp, cripple, damp, dampen, de energize, deaden, debilitate, derange, devitalize, disable, disenable, disorder, drain, dull, enervate, eviscerate, exhaust, extenuate, gruel,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 12 enfeeble — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. weaken, debilitate, enervate, cripple; see weaken 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. weaken, deplete, enervate, debilitate, deplete, sap, emasculate, fatigue, exhaust, diminish, *take the starch out of. III (Roget s… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 enfeeble — en·fee·ble || ɪn fiːbl v. make feeble, weaken …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 14 enfeeble — verb make weak or feeble. Derivatives enfeeblement noun Origin ME: from OFr. enfeblir …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 enfeeble — v. a. Weaken, unnerve. See enervate …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 16 enfeeble — verb (T) formal to make someone weak enfeebled adjective …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 enfeeble — v weaken, enervate, debilitate, devitalize, deprive of strength; exhaust, deplete, sap. See enervate(defs.1,2) …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 18 enfeeble — en·fee·ble …

    English syllables

  • 19 enfeeble — en•fee•ble [[t]ɛnˈfi bəl[/t]] v. t. bled, bling to make feeble • Etymology: 1300–50; ME < OF enfeblir en•fee′ble•ment, n. en•fee′bler, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 enfeeble — /ɛnˈfibəl/ (say en feebuhl), /ən / (say uhn ) verb (t) (enfeebled, enfeebling) to make feeble; weaken. {Middle English enfeble(n), from Old French enfeblir, from en en 1 + feble feeble} –enfeeblement, noun –enfeebler …

    Australian English dictionary