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disquiet

verb dis·qui·et \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkwī-ət \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of disquiet

transitive verb
: to take away the peace or tranquility of : disturb, alarm
  • were disquieted by recent events

disquieting

adjective

disquietingly

play \-ˈkwī-ə-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of disquiet in a Sentence

  1. we were disquieted by the strange noises we heard outside our tent at night

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First Known Use of disquiet

circa 1530

Synonym Discussion of disquiet

discompose, disquiet, disturb, perturb, agitate, upset, fluster mean to destroy capacity for collected thought or decisive action. discompose implies some degree of loss of self-control or self-confidence especially through emotional stress.
    • discomposed by the loss of his beloved wife
disquiet suggests loss of sense of security or peace of mind.
    • the disquieting news of factories closing
disturb implies interference with one's mental processes caused by worry, perplexity, or interruption.
    • the discrepancy in accounts disturbed me
perturb implies deep disturbance of mind and emotions.
    • perturbed by her husband's strange behavior
agitate suggests obvious external signs of nervous or emotional excitement.
    • in his agitated state we could see he was unable to work
upset implies the disturbance of normal or habitual functioning by disappointment, distress, or grief.
    • the family's constant bickering upsets the youngest child
fluster suggests bewildered agitation.
    • his declaration of love completely flustered her

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disquiet

noun

Definition of disquiet

: lack of peace or tranquility : anxiety
  • great disquiet among shareholders

Examples of disquiet in a Sentence

  1. There is increasing public disquiet about the number of violent crimes in the city.

  2. a period of disquiet before the results of the close election were confirmed

Recent Examples of disquiet from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'disquiet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of disquiet

1581


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disquiet

adjective

Definition of disquiet

archaic

disquietly

adverb

First Known Use of disquiet

1582


DISQUIET Defined for English Language Learners

disquiet

verb

Definition of disquiet for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) worried or nervous


disquiet

noun

Definition of disquiet for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of worry or nervousness


DISQUIET Defined for Kids

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disquiet

verb dis·qui·et \ dis-ˈkwī-ət \

Definition of disquiet for Students

disquieted; disquieting
: to make uneasy or worried
  • We were disquieted by strange noises in the house.

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disquiet

noun

Definition of disquiet for Students

: an uneasy feeling The child's illnesses brought disquiet to the family.


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