verb (used with object), un·nerved, un·nerv·ing.

  1. to deprive of courage, strength, determination, or confidence; upset: Fear unnerved him.


  1. (tr) to cause to lose courage, strength, confidence, self-control, etc

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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