PRONUNCIATION: (verb: EN-uhr-vayt, adj.: i-NUHR-vit)

MEANING: verb tr.: To deprive of strength or vitality.
adjective: Deprived of strength; Weakened.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin enervare (to weaken), from ex- (out) + nervus (sinew). Earliest documented use: 1603.


Patriotism, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit it is the first. -Ambrose Bierce, writer (24 Jun 1842-1914)

ENERVOTE - the Big Oil lobby

ENERGATE - the Enron affair was a Federal conspiracy