un·​ease | \ ˌən-ˈēz How to pronounce unease (audio) \

Definition of unease

: mental or spiritual discomfort: such as
a : vague dissatisfaction : misgiving
c : lack of ease (as in social relations) : embarrassment

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Examples of unease in a Sentence

A feeling of unease came over her. They noticed increasing signs of unease among the workers.
Recent Examples on the Web But her husband continued to work in construction, and her twin sister, Rosa Morales, kept her job at McDonald's, despite her growing unease over maskless customers and the cramped restaurant kitchen. Anchorage Daily News, "Latinos shoulder heavy burden because of crowded housing, essential jobs," 26 May 2020 Organizations are now grappling with the gravitational pull of shared anxiety; most employers see managing staff unease as their biggest challenge during the coronavirus crisis. Kit Krugman, Quartz at Work, "Covid-19 and the welcome collapse of “professionalism”," 21 Apr. 2020 There is a pleasant, loony tension in the earliest episodes of Run, a kind of fizzing combination of excitement and unease. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "Merritt Wever Is Too Good For Run," 20 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, the spread between yields on Italian and German ten-year bonds is again moving up, a sign of market unease. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Euro Zone: Intermission," 17 Apr. 2020 Suddenly, one of the more mundane aspects of daily life—opening the mail—became imbued with danger and unease. Popular Science, "The 2001 anthrax attacks could have made the USPS more secure. Instead it’s more vulnerable than ever.," 14 Apr. 2020 What started last month as unease about a potential economic slowdown in China has evolved into a borderline panic, with the S&P 500 on Monday crashing nearly 8 percent. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Coronavirus fears send world markets spiraling: A.M. News Links," 10 Mar. 2020 Like many Bay Area residents, John Soffel feels gnawing unease entering public spaces — including BART — with threats of the coronavirus outbreak always looming in the background. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Riding transit? BART, Muni scrubbing more to guard from coronavirus," 5 Mar. 2020 When Alden Global Capital recently became became Tribune Publishing's largest shareholder, the move created unease due to its reputation of cutting jobs to create short-term profits. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "Chicago Tribune shakeup rankles newsroom staffers," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2020

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“Unease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unease. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unease

: a feeling of worry or unhappiness

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