enfeeble

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From Old French enfeblir. Constructed like en- +‎ feeble.

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enfeeble (third-person singular simple present enfeebles, present participle enfeebling, simple past and past participle enfeebled)

  1. (transitive) To make feeble.
    • 2014, Michael White, "Roll up, roll up! The Amazing Salmond will show a Scotland you won't believe", The Guardian, 8 September 2014:
      In the face of enfeebled, self-harming opposition on both sides of the border (and a miserable economic recession on both sides too) he has performed brilliantly.
    • 1774, Dr Samuel Johnson, Preface to the Works of the English Poets, J. Nichols, Volume II, Page 130,
      "...the gout, with which he had long been tormented, prevailed over the enfeebled powers of nature."

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