transitive verb Date: 1601 1. to deprive of courage, strength, or steadiness 2. to cause to become nervous ; upsetunnervingly adverb Synonyms: 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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