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

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  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • enfeeble — ► VERB ▪ weaken. DERIVATIVES enfeeblement noun …   English terms dictionary

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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