unnerve

[ uhn-nurv ]
/ ʌnˈnɜrv /

verb (used with object), un·nerved, un·nerv·ing.

to deprive of courage, strength, determination, or confidence; upset: Fear unnerved him.

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Origin of unnerve

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-2 + nerve
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British Dictionary definitions for unnerve

unnerve
/ (ʌnˈnɜːv) /

verb

(tr) to cause to lose courage, strength, confidence, self-control, etc
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