Definition of enervating in US English:

enervating

adjective

  • Causing one to feel drained of energy or vitality.

    ‘the enervating humidity of the coast’
    • ‘It was a hot and sultry day, but towards evening there was a hint of a thundershower bringing some relief from the enervating heat.’
    • ‘It was worn down by a long war, in which they played an enervating part.’
    • ‘The men worked quite long hours, and this was trying enough in such an enervating climate.’
    • ‘That's not quite true; I have more hours and more money than at the beginning, and have been relieved of some more enervating teaching duties in favour of some more favourable to my interests and temperament.’
    • ‘But the final effect is more enervating than stimulating.’
    • ‘I had only just finished the enervating task of packing.’
    • ‘Gibbon was fortunate that his study touched on contemporary anxieties - the enervating effect of luxury, the fragility of civilization.’
    • ‘There is not much in the world more enervating than talking about cologne, but since the meal was being paid for by Tommy Hilfiger, for whom the publicists worked, I felt duty-bound to express some interest in the scent trade.’
    • ‘This heat seems to have had a dreadfully enervating effect on everyone.’
    • ‘For one thing, the enervating heat is enough to make anyone put off their visit until the evening hours, when lower temperatures are likely to make life more comfortable for those who want to move around the stalls.’
    • ‘Even stray dogs take shelter from the enervating heat.’
    • ‘To sing properly involves your whole being, from your big toe upwards, and can be very enervating.’
    • ‘There's no getting away from it: a lot of news media time in the coming year is going to be devoted to that most enervating of subjects.’
    • ‘An enervating meeting about restructuring, late home and i'm looking forward to sleep.’
    • ‘Working amidst the enervating summer heat, a couple of hours within the confines of air-conditioned homes can be the ideal means to rejuvenate the mind and body.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, even her 8 paragraphs of tortuous, enervating prose actually puts to rest that notion immediately.’
    • ‘It was just not as convivial, intimate and, well, Swiss with that enervating backdrop of mountains and often punishing cold.’
    • ‘Walk through a shopping district or a fashionable neighbourhood in Delhi and the enervating sound of a dozen generators assaults your ears.’
    • ‘The enervating experience of actually sitting through it unfortunately blunts some of the value it does have to offer.’
    • ‘The fear is of contamination, some sort of pollution seen to have a diluting, enervating effect on a group that considers itself whole and defined by essential, unchanging characteristics.’

Pronunciation

enervating

/ˈɛnərˌveɪdɪŋ//ˈenərˌvādiNG/