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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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Examples from the web for unnerving
  • There's also something about spending time with people whose parents are closer in age than they are that is unnerving.
  • It would be downright unnerving if it happened because the air-traffic control system directed the plane there by mistake.
  • The animals were never more than eight feet away, which could be a little unnerving for both parties.
  • My fear of getting cheese on my shirt in the midst of an important conference was unnerving.
  • By opening up my narrative, it invites speculation into private areas of my life that is quite unnerving.
  • The change in how much we've spent on education is unnerving.
  • The display of muscle was almost equalled by the display of unnerving efficiency.
  • To those used to gaslight or candles, their unwavering glare was unnerving.
  • That's an unnerving possibility given the outlook for the euro-zone economy.
  • The unnerving thought that this was my father's idea of decorating.
British Dictionary definitions for unnerving


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



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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