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 The next few days were disquieting for the country, especially after he was transferred to intensive care. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Boris Johnson’s illness might change his approach to the UK’s coronavirus crisis," 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, "Some still flock to Sausalito despite coronavirus sheltering," 25 Apr. 2020 In that light, America’s 20 percent positivity rate is disquieting. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Few Statistics Tell You Anything About COVID-19. Here’s One That Does.," 16 Apr. 2020 There are some tells in Allen’s account that are disquieting. Peter Biskind, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Canceled, creepy and still funny, Woody Allen shrugs," 2 Apr. 2020 Given all that is going on, Cook’s quiet about developers was disquieting. Washington Post, "Apple’s Developer Conference Glosses Over Developers," 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, "On the first day of the Bay Area shutdown, most residents take it in stride," 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, "Hoping for Easter resurrection, Trump promises to ease pandemic restrictions," 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, "“The Anger of Women is an Earth-shattering Thing”: Lidia Yuknavitch on Resisting the Hero Narrative and the Body as a Generator of Stories.," 14 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Tory rebellion over the virus measures is symbolic of a wider disquiet over Johnson’s leadership during the Covid-19 crisis. Emily Ashton, Bloomberg.com, "Boris Johnson Averts U.K. Tory Rebellion With Deal on Pandemic Powers," 30 Sep. 2020 The question that elicited Trump’s response about the Proud Boys came during a portion of the debate on the racial disquiet that has been sweeping America since the killing in May of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. al, "Proud Boys, group Trump told to ‘stand by,’ condemned by SPLC, active in Portland protests," 30 Sep. 2020 William Howard Russell sent back a series of damning reports from the front, causing great disquiet among its readers and the wider public, raising awareness of the army’s lack of preparedness, and poor medical management of the wounded. Popular Science, "Infographics have helped keep us alive for centuries," 7 Sep. 2020 But the new strategy has caused disquiet among campaigners and people recovering from eating disorders. Zamira Rahim, CNN, "A new anti-obesity coronavirus campaign is a nightmare for eating disorder sufferers," 13 Aug. 2020 When that early hunger has turned into disquiet, into a sense of lack, or limitation, or hollowness — into a quiet longing to rediscover play, beauty, meaning lost along the way? Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "And Then We Grew Up," 10 Aug. 2020 Like other countries in the region, India views China's rise with disquiet. Anchorage Daily News, "Military clashes in the Himalayas leaves 20 Indian soldiers dead and possible Chinese losses," 16 June 2020 Even in China, there is disquiet: one recent poll found 74% of respondents unhappy about the growing use of facial-recognition for identification. The Economist, "The future Humans will add to AI’s limitations," 11 June 2020 And that’s why a parental lack of effort brings disquiet. Lizzie Skurnick, New York Times, "Why Do Moms Obsess Over Their Kids’ Hair?," 16 Apr. 2020

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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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“Disquiet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disquiet. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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