Unnerve

usgb/ˌʌnˈnɜːrv/Volume
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Negative EmotionPlay
Unnerve typically implies causing anxiety, fear, or loss of confidence. SlideThe thought of public speaking unnerves me.
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Sudden ImpactPlay
The effect described by 'unnerve' usually happens quickly and unexpectedly. SlideAn unexpected noise in the dark room unnerved her.
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Psychological EffectPlay
Use 'unnerve' to describe a mental or emotional impact, rather than a physical one. SlideThe intense gaze of the interviewer unnerved the candidate.