ill at ease


Definition of ill at ease

: not feeling easy : uncomfortable

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Examples of ill at ease in a Sentence

He seemed ill at ease when we spoke with him. I'm usually ill at ease when addressing a large crowd of people.
Recent Examples on the Web Still, many people are intimidated at the thought of going to a truly fine dining restaurant in fear that they may be made to feel ill at ease and discomfited. John Mariani, Forbes, 10 May 2021 In the Amazing Grace documentary that was recently unearthed, the real-life footage of Aretha looking ill at ease as her father takes over the podium for a speech now makes more sense. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2021 The more the federal administration frustrates such a program, the more conservatives would find themselves at the head of a coalition of millions of Americans ill at ease with federal overreach. Douglas Carswell, National Review, 7 Feb. 2021 Ryan is merely one of several public officials in Portland who have been confronted – sometimes violently – by far-left protesters ill at ease with their policies on law enforcement. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 15 Jan. 2021 Steinbeck’s was a soul profoundly ill at ease with itself: The ability to take praise as well as blame in his stride eluded him throughout the years. Vivian Gornick, The New Republic, 9 Oct. 2020 Heaney would not have been ill at ease in these environs. James Parker, The Atlantic, 20 June 2020 Stylistically, the president himself seemed ill at ease in the formal setting, offering a monotone and labored delivery from behind the Resolute Desk, twiddling his thumbs and even, in moments, struggling to read words on the teleprompter. Author: Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Mar. 2020 Since his condition inevitably makes him ill at ease in social situations, Bart has devised a clever, if fiendish, way to improve himself. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of ill at ease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2021

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“Ill at ease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ill at ease

: not comfortable or relaxed : nervous or embarrassed

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