What do standing out in the cold rain, a pile of homework, and an emotional breakdown all have in common? They're enervating: in other words, they completely drain you of physical and emotional energy.

A little different from similar words like debilitating or enfeebling, which primarily suggest physical fatigue; the wonderful enervating implies all that plus the terrible erosion of your soul. Not surprisingly, enervate is derived from the Latin enervatus, meaning "to weaken."

Definitions of enervating
  1. adjective
    causing weakness or debilitation
    synonyms: debilitative, enfeebling, weakening
    impairing the strength and vitality
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