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unnerve

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of unnerve

  1. 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 Synonyms of unnerve demoralize, emasculate, paralyze, undo, unman, unstring Words Related to unnerve debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, neuter, weaken; prostrate, sap, soften, tire, waste; frighten, intimidate, psych (out), scare, terrify, terrorize; daunt, discourage, dishearten, dismay, dispirit; craze, derange, madden, unbalance, unhinge; discompose, disquiet, disturb, faze, perturb, unsettle, upset, weird out Near Antonyms of unnerve fortify, strengthen; embolden, encourage, hearten Antonyms of unnerve nerve

  2. 2 to lessen the courage or confidence of a figure skater can't afford to be unnerved by an occasional slipup Synonyms of unnerve chill, daunt, demoralize, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, frustrate, unman, discourageWords Related to unnerve browbeat, bully, cow, intimidate; depress, sadden, weigh; afflict, try; damp, dampen, deaden; distress, trouble; bother, irk, vex, worry; debilitate, enfeeble, undermine, weaken; frighten, horrify, scareNear Antonyms of unnerve buoy (up), cheer, gladden; animate, enliven, invigorate; enforce, fortify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; assure, reassure; boost, energize, excite, galvanize, inspire, lift, provoke, quicken, rally, stimulate, stirAntonyms of unnerve embolden, encourage, hearten, nerve, steel

Synonym Discussion of unnerve

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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