unnerve

Part of speech: verb

To deprive of strength or courage.

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Usage examples "unnerve":

  1. Why should I let that look of his unnerve me so? - "Jane Cable", George Barr McCutcheon.
  2. Had Clancy tricked the Blues and produced his third baseman at the dramatic instant, hoping to unnerve them? - "Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant", Hugh S. Fullerton.
  3. They were almost petrified with horror; anxious to make their friend aware of his danger, yet not daring to call out to warn him, lest a sudden perception of the perils of his situation, and of the proximity of his formidable enemy, should unnerve him, and thus deprive him of the slight chance of escape that remained. - "Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849", William O. S. Gilly.