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enervate - vocabulary

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verb

To render ineffective or inoperative; to deprive of strength or force; to weaken.

Note: Do not confuse enervate with invigorate. The two words differ significantly.

His musicality is evident in the fresh and lively flow of images, though his tin ear for dialogue and staleness of theme enervates the composition.

—Nathan Lee Film Review of The Garden of Earthly Delights (2003) New York Times, June 22, 2006

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