- s lacking strength or vigor
- s having a slender physique
- An asthenic-looking fop, playing an innocent love scene with Charlotte Corday, promptly tries to rape her.
- Moscow's media corps scrambled for its medical dictionaries Tuesday, in search of the meaning of "asthenic.
- Whimsy is asthenic fantasy, a fragile, elusive quality difficult to render but easy to shatter into sentimentality.