disquiet

verb
dis·​qui·​et | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkwī-ət How to pronounce disquiet (audio) \
disquieted; disquieting; disquiets

Definition of disquiet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

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

disquiet

noun

Definition of disquiet (Entry 2 of 3)

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

disquiet

adjective

Definition of disquiet (Entry 3 of 3)

archaic

Other Words from disquiet

Verb

disquieting adjective
disquietingly \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈkwī-​ə-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce disquiet (audio) \ adverb

Adjective

disquietly adverb

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Verb

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

Examples of disquiet in a Sentence

Verb we were disquieted by the strange noises we heard outside our tent at night Noun There is increasing public disquiet about the number of violent crimes in the city. a period of disquiet before the results of the close election were confirmed
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The next few days were disquieting for the country, especially after he was transferred to intensive care. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, 27 Apr. 2020 In much of the Bay Area, the coronavirus pandemic and strict shelter-in-place rules have kept people in their homes, engulfing whole cities in a sense of disquieting calm. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, 25 Apr. 2020 In that light, America’s 20 percent positivity rate is disquieting. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, 16 Apr. 2020 There are some tells in Allen’s account that are disquieting. Peter Biskind, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2020 Given all that is going on, Cook’s quiet about developers was disquieting. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2019 The first day of the unprecedented shelter-in-place order for six Bay Area counties went smoothly, as few people ventured outside and commercial districts had an air of disquieting calm. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, 17 Mar. 2020 Public health officials and Democrats responded skeptically, citing false hopes and disquiet over pitting the health of the economy against the health of the people. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 24 Mar. 2020 Jane Ratcliffe | Longreads | March 2020 | 15 minutes (3,519 words) Lidia Yuknavitch’s disquieting new collection of short stories, Verge, is often bleak, yet also exquisitely hopeful. Jane Ratcliffe, Longreads, 14 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, smaller quality-of-life infractions disquiet residents. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Russia's invasion four months ago changed all that, sending disquiet through the continent and prompting its nations to contribute an extra 200 billion euros (around $210 billion) for defense since then. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 29 June 2022 Just as Tesla shareholders have been displaying disquiet about the deal, Twitter shareholders have been displaying skepticism. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 But the idea that a sizable piece of humanity’s trash is going to litter the moon has fostered disquiet around the globe. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2022 Your sects, your clandestine religions, your phantoms, your fevers, your anguish, your disquiet, your crimes, and even your dread of Harlem’s beautiful dances, reveal your desire. Jean Cocteau, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Several parents of swimmers on the team have also expressed their disquiet over the effect on the sport in anonymous interviews with the press. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Mar. 2022 And counterparts elsewhere have made Kirill aware of their disquiet, too. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2014 While a sense of disquiet about all this is palpable among both the general population and the country’s strategic affairs community, what’s revealing is that there has been no overt opposition to India gaining leverage. Raknish Wijewardene, Quartz, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disquiet

Verb

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1581, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1582, in the meaning defined above

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disquiet

verb
dis·​qui·​et | \ dis-ˈkwī-ət How to pronounce disquiet (audio) \
disquieted; disquieting

Kids Definition of disquiet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

disquiet

noun

Kids Definition of disquiet (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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