disquiet

verb
dis·​qui·​et | \(ˌ)dis-ˈkwī-ət \

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

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Other Words from disquiet

Verb

disquieting adjective
disquietingly \-​ˈkwī-​ə-​tiŋ-​lē \ 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The fact that the president, who has enormous power to make life better or worse for immigrant communities, has dehumanizing views is disquieting enough. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language," 14 Aug. 2018 The fact that the president, who has enormous power to make life better or worse for immigrant communities, has dehumanizing views is disquieting enough. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language," 14 Aug. 2018 The unserious manner in which most members of our political class have treated this question is disquieting. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018 Some tales, however, seem to contain no overtly supernatural content, just a lingering, disquieting sense of oddness. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Science fiction and fantasy books: ‘Belly Up,’ ‘What Should Be Wild,’ ‘84K’," 7 June 2018 Hereditary flips that by frequently showing characters going about their day only to be interrupted by the sight of something just off-screen that ranges from disquieting to horrifying. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Hereditary is catnip for fans of slow-burn horror movies," 9 June 2018 Henceforth, the movie shifts from the disquieting to the freaky and, by the end, the absolutely nuts. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Hereditary” Delivers a New Kind of Horror," 7 June 2018 The fact that the president, who has enormous power to make life better or worse for immigrant communities, has dehumanizing views is disquieting enough. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language," 17 May 2018 The dreams are full of disquieting imagery — the fluttering of moths, a timeworn theater, a frozen corpse. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: 13 Dead Dreams of "Eugene" - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Australia is enjoying a 27-year run of economic growth, but stagnant wage growth, inflationary pressures, job losses and a backlash against globalization have stoked voter disquiet. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "The Decade of the Long Knives: Australia’s Leadership Teeters Again," 21 Aug. 2018 Perri’s goal was to convey the sense of terror and disquiet that the film imparts through its title art. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sorry to Bother You," 12 Nov. 2018 But public disquiet over the growing number of allegations of foul play in the Brexit referendum may provide some fuel. The Economist, "Britain’s election watchdog barks at digital campaign methods," 28 June 2018 Mrs May is attempting to shore up her position in Downing Street following the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson amid disquiet over her approach to Brexit. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 Eschewing the heroic, monumental approach which for centuries was sculpture’s default mode, his figures are evocations of disquiet and discontent that fit a world disillusioned with bombast. The Economist, "How Alberto Giacometti became a legend," 14 June 2018 This internal disquiet and attempted electoral challenges by former senior military officials produced a swift, harsh and conspicuous response. Michael Wahid Hanna, Washington Post, "Egypt’s election is coming soon. The real battle begins afterward.," 8 Mar. 2018 And Chancellor Angela Merkel has made clear her disquiet with Trump's policies, arguing that Germany may no longer be able to rely on its US ally. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The West is in crisis, despite Trump's glowing assessment," 9 June 2018 Separately, the appointment of Thomas, an ethnic Indian and a Christian, stirred some disquiet among the country’s Muslim Malay majority. Washington Post, "Wife of ex-Malaysia PM questioned, new graft scandal unfolds," 5 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for disquiet

disquiet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disquiet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (someone) worried or nervous

disquiet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disquiet (Entry 2 of 2)

: a feeling of worry or nervousness

disquiet

verb
dis·​qui·​et | \dis-ˈkwī-ət \
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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