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unnerve

verb

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1 to deprive of courage or confidence
  • The riding accident so unnerved me that for a while I was afraid to get back on a horse.
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2 to lessen the courage or confidence of
  • A figure skater can't afford to be unnerved by an occasional slipup.
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throw cold water on

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unnerve, enervate, unman, emasculate mean to deprive of strength or vigor and the capacity for effective action. unnerve implies marked often temporary loss of courage, self-control, or power to act.
    • unnerved by the near collision
enervate suggests a gradual physical or moral weakening (as through luxury or indolence) until one is too feeble to make an effort.
    • a nation's youth enervated by affluence and leisure
unman implies a loss of manly vigor, fortitude, or spirit.
    • a soldier unmanned by the terrors of battle
emasculate stresses a depriving of characteristic force by removing something essential.
    • an amendment that emasculates existing safeguards


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