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 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
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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 Contrast the Gunners contentment at sitting ninth in the Premier League with the growing disquiet at Tottenham Hotspur, who are still in the race to finish in the top four and have a Carabao Cup final to look forward to later this month. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, "Why Have Arsenal Allowed Their Standards To Slip So Drastically Under Mikel Arteta?," 6 Apr. 2021 And there is a growing sense of disquiet at how the Defense Production Act is having an impact on the movement of key critical items. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Rooting for the home team: British journalist weighs in on U.K. vs. U.S. vaccine response," 14 Mar. 2021 The freshman Republican congresswoman from Georgia stirred disquiet among those from the U.S. territory with her remarks during a Feb. 27 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Guam offering cookies and geography lessons to Marjorie Taylor Greene after CPAC blunder," 10 Mar. 2021 In response to the crisis, SFI, to the disquiet of many researchers in basic science, shifted its funding model to support applied research while government funding for universities stagnated. Seán Duke, Science | AAAS, "Ireland’s main science funder plans for budget boost," 3 Mar. 2021 And most significantly, Holiday’s vocal powers were broad and deep enough to hold everything, from the bittersweet joy of a pink sunrise to the soft-as-sable disquiet of a too-late night. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," 26 Feb. 2021 That disquiet became more real in September with the nearby opening of the $5 billion SoFi Stadium. New York Times, "In Pasadena, Moving the Rose Bowl Makes For Unusual Rancor," 1 Jan. 2021 Surviving this holiday season will require another kind of salvation—the willingness to stay home and turn the disquiet of this year into peace on earth, good will toward men. Essence, "Finding Joy, Peace And Healing During A Pandemic Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 Far from feeling comforting, though, Billie also describes ambition as the twin of disquiet. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, "Is Ambition Dead?," 4 Dec. 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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“Disquiet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disquiet. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for disquiet

disquiet

verb

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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