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

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Other Words from disquiet

Verb

disquieting adjective
disquietingly \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈkwī-​ə-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce disquietingly (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Regan’s book unfolds in episodic snapshots, their chronology ricocheting like a pinball; the effect is less a life story than an exacting, often disquieting exercise in excavating the self. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "“Burn the Place” Is a Thrilling, Disquieting Memoir of Addiction and Coming of Age," 15 Oct. 2019 This seemingly earnest arrangement ultimately moves the film into effectively darker, slightly thriller-like territory which, when coupled with the disquieting Ellen situation, sends Peter into a kind of crisis of faith. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Sound of Silence’ finds darkness in the aural world," 12 Sep. 2019 Seeing that her gambit has disquieted Cindy (Tanya Gorlow) and Christina (Dominique Corona), the outrageous yet ever-gracious Fefu explains her attraction to repulsive ideas by way of a metaphor. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Under-performed feminist masterpiece ‘Fefu and Her Friends’ is reborn at the Odyssey," 13 Aug. 2019 Fischl’s pictures make palpable the interpersonal tension turning otherwise beautifully luxurious settings into disquieting dramas suffused with apprehension, insecurity and dread. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Forget sexy. Eric Fischl paints the dark dramas amid all that skin," 16 July 2019 Though treating the Pentagon like a personal Hot Wheels collection is hardly the worst of Trump’s sins, the sight of tanks rolling down D.C. boulevards in peacetime will still be disquieting for many Americans. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tanks, But No Tanks," 4 July 2019 Even lawmakers who support Trump have found his embrace of Saudi leaders disquieting – especially as his administration simultaneously flouts congressional powers. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Senate plans bipartisan effort to blocks Saudi arms deals," 4 June 2019 Even lawmakers who support Trump have found his embrace of Saudi leaders disquieting — especially as his administration simultaneously flouts congressional powers. Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post, "Trump administration approved transfers of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi murder," 4 June 2019 Eric Fischl, who worked for the art handlers at 420, painted disquieting suburban scenes. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Iranian involvement will further arouse Arab states’ disquiet; ISIS might reconstitute itself again, as Sunni Muslims in the region search desperately for some kind of security. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "America Is Screwing the Kurds Yet Again," 7 Oct. 2019 The usual measure of disquiet over Italy— the yield gap between its bonds and those of safe-haven Germany—increased only modestly. The Economist, "Matteo Renzi’s split leaves Italian politics in turmoil again," 17 Sep. 2019 There is now clear and growing disquiet at its failures, highlighted in a clear four-year decline in students’ performance in the recent National Test results. James Macmillan, National Review, "Scottish Nationalists Are Hijacking Music to Push an Independence Agenda," 29 Oct. 2019 With each court victory, the disquiet among men, especially young men, began to build. Jake Kwon, CNN, "South Korea's young men are fighting back against feminism," 21 Sep. 2019 Criticism of South African authorities over their handling of xenophobic attacks this week coincided with other reasons for disquiet in Cape Town. Washington Post, "Deadly xenophobic riots in South Africa prompt diplomatic tensions with Nigeria. Here’s why.," 5 Sep. 2019 As a disquiet settled over the stadium, freshman Kedon Slovis loosened his arm on the sideline, his mind no doubt racing. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC quarterback JT Daniels hurt in opening win against Fresno State," 31 Aug. 2019 The team’s training camp shows few signs of dissent or disquiet. Rick Maese, The Denver Post, "With Vegas move on horizon, Raiders fans are torn between staying loyal and moving on," 19 Aug. 2019 Now, Arnold's hiring seems like little more than a token gesture, presumably designed to appease the growing disquiet and distrust of the industry generated by the Time's Up and #MeToo era. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Big Little Lies Season 2 Failed Director Andrea Arnold," 12 July 2019

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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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The first known use of disquiet was circa 1530

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24 Nov 2019

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“Disquiet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disquieted. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for disquiet

disquiet

verb
How to pronounce disquiet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disquiet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to make (someone) worried or nervous

disquiet

noun

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

formal : a feeling of worry or nervousness

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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