Unnerve vs Disturb - What's the difference?

unnerve | disturb |


As verbs the difference between unnerve and disturb

is that unnerve is to deprive of nerve, force, or strength; to weaken; to enfeeble while disturb is to confuse a quiet, constant state or a calm, continuous flow, in particular: thoughts, actions or liquids.

As a noun disturb is

(obsolete) disturbance.

unnerve

English

Verb

(unnerv)
  • To deprive of nerve, force, or strength; to weaken; to enfeeble.
  • to unnerve the arm
  • To upset.
  • I was greatly unnerved by this.

    Derived terms

    * unnervingly

    disturb

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • to confuse a quiet, constant state or a calm, continuous flow, in particular: thoughts, actions or liquids.
  • The noisy ventilation disturbed me during the exam.
    The performance was disturbed twice by a ringing mobile phone.
    A school of fish disturbed the water.
  • to divert, redirect, or alter by disturbing.
  • A mudslide disturbed the course of the river.
    The trauma disturbed his mind.
  • * Milton
  • disturb his inmost counsels from their destined aim
  • to have a negative emotional impact; to cause emotional distress or confusion.
  • A disturbing film that tries to explore the mind of a serial killer.
    His behaviour is very disturbing .

    Derived terms

    * disturbance

    Noun

  • (obsolete) disturbance
  • (Milton)