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

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 Everything is as if carved out of wood, generic, childlike and artificial—disquieting if not futile. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà’ Review: Every Object’s Mysteries," 16 Jan. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Only the level of detail is much sharper, almost hyperrealistic, and this strange, plastic realism distorts perspective, like a dolly-zoom used in film to incite disquiet in the viewer. Lisa Wells, Harper's magazine, "Nightmares at 20,000 Feet," 10 Apr. 2019 Few reporters seem better placed to fathom the complexities of this dynamic—ripples of disquiet permeating routine existence—than Peter Hessler. John Freeman, WSJ, "‘The Buried’ Review: Digging Into a Revolution," 7 May 2019 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

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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)

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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