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.

Nearby words

  1. unnamed,
  2. unnatural,
  3. unnaturally,
  4. unnecessary,
  5. unneeded,
  6. unnerving,
  7. unnilennium,
  8. unnilhexium,
  9. unniloctium,
  10. unnilpentium

Origin of unnerve

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-2 + nerve

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British Dictionary definitions for unnerving

unnerve

/ (ʌnˈnɜːv) /

verb

(tr) to cause to lose courage, strength, confidence, self-control, etc
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Word Origin and History for unnerving

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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