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.

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The Senate move would set the stage for Mr. Trump’s first veto, highlighting the depth of Republicans’ unease over his recent action. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Senate to Rebuke Trump on Border Wall," 13 Mar. 2019 The officials cited mobility challenges and unease over legislative restrictions on growth, during a panel discussion at the Urban Land Institute's Suburban Marketplace. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's suburban cities tout growth and lament challenges," 12 Apr. 2018 Another example of the US government’s unease around Huawei — and efforts to keep the Chinese tech giant’s influence at bay — was reported earlier this week by The Wall Street Journal. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Washington Redskins reportedly backed out of Huawei Wi-Fi deal because of government concerns," 26 Dec. 2018 That announcement has caused some unease among auto workers here. Dante Chinni, WSJ, "Blue-Collar Voters Are Up for Grabs in 2020," 16 Dec. 2018 The comments like it, the hand waves, or the pretend crying, particularly from the older generation, all planted a swollen seed of unease in my stomach. Miriam Foley, Good Housekeeping, "We're Family, But You Have to Stop Trying to Kiss My Daughter," 3 Dec. 2018 And that, in some ways, gets at the core of the unease. Michael Li, Vox, "I support affirmative action. But Harvard really is hurting Asian Americans.," 18 Oct. 2018 The former army captain has tapped into deep unease in Brazil, which is reeling from a sweeping corruption scandal and is struggling to grow again after a protracted recession. Sarah Dilorenzo, Fox News, "A look at top candidates in Brazil's presidential race," 7 Sep. 2018 Investors said the latest remarks add to the growing unease in markets over the U.S.-China relationship. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "China’s Yuan Fluctuates as Trade Clash Creates Uncertainty," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of unease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unease

: a feeling of worry or unhappiness

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