- to deprive of courage, strength, determination, or confidence; upset: Fear unnerved him.
Origin of unnerve
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Related Wordsdismay, discourage, dishearten, unsettle, dispirit, bewilder, perturb, rattle, frighten, disconcert, distract, confound, chill, undermine, agitate, shake, fluster, daunt, sap, demoralize
Examples from the Web for unnerved
Neither is unnerved by her apparent anger, nor do they see her as threatening.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
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Pryor had yet to become the volatile social satirist who unnerved white industry executives and delighted black audiences.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
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U.S. officials are unnerved that they have not been able to pinpoint a specific target.Fears of Al Qaeda Affiliate’s Plot Behind U.S. Travel Alert
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He was unnerved when he hired a grand master to tutor her in chess and, after a few months of lessons, she started beating Shaw.The Best Bits From the Secret Ava Gardner Conversations
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But some female fans are unnerved by the creepy lyrics and NSFW video from the blue-eyed soul singer.‘Blurred Lines,’ Robin Thicke’s Summer Anthem, Is Kind of Rapey
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The truth was, he admitted ruefully to himself, they unnerved him.The Market-Place
She has had a very trying and terrible experience and I do not wonder that she is unnerved.The Ivory Snuff Box
He did not look in the least unnerved by the terrible ordeal.
"It was that madman rushing in unnerved her," Copplestone cried fiercely.
But the glassy stare of the motionless figure had unnerved her.
- (tr) to cause to lose courage, strength, confidence, self-control, etc
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Word Origin and History for unnerved
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