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unnerve

[uhn-nurv]
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verb (used with object), un·nerved, un·nerv·ing.
  1. 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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Related Words for unnerve

dismay, discourage, dishearten, unsettle, dispirit, bewilder, perturb, rattle, frighten, disconcert, distract, confound, chill, undermine, agitate, shake, fluster, daunt, sap, demoralize

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British Dictionary definitions for unnerve

unnerve

verb
  1. (tr) to cause to lose courage, strength, confidence, self-control, etc
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Word Origin and History for unnerve

v.

1620s, "to destroy the strength of," from un- (2) + nerve. Meaning "to deprive of courage" is recorded from 1704. Related: Unnerved; unnerving.

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