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unnerve

[uhn-nurv] /ʌnˈnɜrv/
verb (used with object), unnerved, unnerving.
1.
to deprive of courage, strength, determination, or confidence; upset:
Fear unnerved him.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; un-2 + nerve
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unnerve

/ʌnˈnɜːv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cause to lose courage, strength, confidence, self-control, etc
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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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