unnerve

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unnerve disturb the composure of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Unnerve To deprive of nerve, force, or strength; to weaken; to enfeeble; as, to unnerve the arm. "Unequal match'd, . . . The unnerved father falls."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unnerve To deprive of nerve, force, or strength; weaken; enfeeble; hence, to deprive of power or authority, as a government.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unnerve un-nėrv′ to deprive of nerve, strength, or vigour: to weaken
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Bowen
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    “All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + nerve,

Usage

In literature:

I pursued, breathless and altogether unnerved with agony; but, alas!
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Utterly unnerved, we toddled down and took our putts.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Dec. 12, 1917" by Various
But seeing the white unnerved face of the boy, Doctor Grant put his hand kindly on his shoulder.
"His Big Opportunity" by Amy Le Feuvre
He would have liked to kill them both with one shot, but the instinct of a life-long friendship unnerved him.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VII" by Various
Since bonds no longer unnerve the free, And valour hath won fidelity.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Inside he burned with his purpose, but, with all his resolves, the presence of Brigham left him unnerved.
"The Lions of the Lord" by Harry Leon Wilson
Yet, try as she would, she could not banish from her mind and from her memory the unnerving experience.
"From Out the Vasty Deep" by Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
The public galleries, especially, unnerved him.
"The Torrent" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
The old gentleman appeared to be entirely unnerved by the pressure of events.
"Abraham Lincoln" by George Haven Putnam
Mr. Blank (as I shall call him) was completely unnerved.
"A Mind That Found Itself" by Clifford Whittingham Beers
She felt suddenly unnerved, startled and rather shocked at his use of her name.
"By Advice of Counsel" by Arthur Train
At length we moved with the column, already unnerved by long-continued expectation, westward upon the Williamsburg road.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
The reaction from the mighty dreams of fortune she had built almost unnerved her.
"In Old Kentucky" by Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
The situation unnerved her.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
Canning, at this point, knew only that Carlisle was unnerved by news of the death of a friend.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Can you, grown rank with lengthened age, ask what unnerves my vigor?
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
It left him unnerved as though some morbid sirocco had passed over him.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
And presently they were in the cutting, and the unnerving vastness of the gulfs opened out on either side.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
It was the one thing that unnerved him.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
Jack was being drawn toward the horrible beak and the sight nearly unnerved Dick.
"The Hilltop Boys on Lost Island" by Cyril Burleigh
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In poetry:

Ye, whom a friend's dark perils pain,
When terrors most unnerve him,
Learn from this Elephant to strain
Your sinews to preserve him.
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
But ah! beneath such influence
Thought is too often lost in Sense;
And Action, faltering as we thrill,
Sinks in the unnerved arms of Will.
"Storm and Calm" by Henry Timrod
And see how the purple-hued hills and the valleys
Are dark with bent necks and with arms all unnerved;
And black, yelling hounds bay the soul into madness—
The Huntsman of Hell drives the pack that has swerved!
"Pro Patria: America, 1861" by Adah Isaacs Menken
'Mong brothers three, who met that fate,
'Twas sad the first, Yen-seih to see.
He stood alone; a hundred men
Could show no other such as he.
When to the yawning grave he came,
Terror unnerved and shook his frame.
"Lament For Three Brothers" by Confucius
'Mong brothers three, who met that fate,
'Twas sad the next, Chung-hang to see.
When on him pressed a hundred men,
A match for all of them was he.
When to the yawning grave he came,
Terror unnerved and shook his frame.
"Lament For Three Brothers" by Confucius
'Mong brothers three, who met that fate,
'Twas sad the third, K'een-foo, to see.
A hundred men in desperate fight
Successfully withstand could he.
When to the yawning grave he came,
Terror unnerved and shook his frame.
"Lament For Three Brothers" by Confucius

In news:

I even found that damned Thames logo animation unnerving.
While it was unnerving, Dad ignored the bear and the bear went away.
Should It Unnerve Us That Michelle Obama and Ann Romney Are So Disarming.
Apple's Earnings Miss Will Unnerve Investors.
The Election 2012 Photo That Would Most Unnerve a Martian.
Lebanon unnerved by Syria's civil war.
Two Arrests in China Unnerve Art World.
Tulsa's black community unnerved by shootings.
Mass unnerving with sons serving.
The murals are bold and unnerving and will be here through February.
Although the Palestinians say that any decision is still a long ways off, the mere threat has unnerved Israel.
Although the Palestinians say that any decision is still a long way off, the mere threat has unnerved Israel.
Some people who know me find this unnerving and avoid me.
For some of those in town for the Republican National Convention, the atmosphere is unnerving.
So approaching a facility or walking through a parking lot after sunset can be unnerving if the outdoor lighting is poor.
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