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[uhn-nurv] /ʌnˈnɜrv/
verb (used with object), unnerved, unnerving.
to deprive of courage, strength, determination, or confidence; upset:
Fear unnerved him.
Origin of unnerve
1595-1605; un-2 + nerve Unabridged
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  • Government was unnerved, confounded, and in a manner suspended.
  • When the unnerved scientists gathered the fragments, they noticed that the bone now revealed the inner ear.
  • Stick to what you know, elaborate on what you can, and smile to avoid appearing defensive or otherwise unnerved.
  • Even so, some of the invitees were unnerved by the e-mail message and say it was unpleasant to be cast as malcontents by the boss.
  • His horse was unnerved by the shadows and scents, so he did not linger.
  • Venter has famously started his own companies and plowed ahead in a way that has unnerved the scientific establishment.
  • She sometimes unnerved her colleagues with her raucous sense of humor and her braying laugh.
  • His performance had unnerved the crowd, which was perhaps its purpose.
  • They have been unnerved by its inability to chart a clear future for itself.
  • unnerved, the authorities began persecuting the opposition.
British Dictionary definitions for unnerved


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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