unease

noun
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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Aster plants eerie symbols and glyphs — which, despite their beauty and colour, telegraph a deep sense of unease — skillfully captured by cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Midsommar Makes Haunting Horror Out Of Sunlight & Flower Crowns," 28 June 2019 On the streets of Cairo, looks of unease are all too common among people asked for opinions on politics, especially on topics as sensitive — or taboo — as the Muslim Brotherhood. Salma Islam, latimes.com, "Morsi’s death in Egypt puts diminished Muslim Brotherhood back in spotlight," 24 June 2019 Despite the widespread display of unease, however, there appears to be little sign of the bill being changed or postponed. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Hong Kong braces for more protests over proposed extradition law," 11 June 2019 Facial recognition technology continues to expand, bringing with it a commensurate sense of unease. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It," 8 June 2019 Glynn, an editorial assistant at a publishing house in Manhattan, is haunted by some vague but devastating sense of unease. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 4 June 2019 But there are more defensible reasons for lower-level unease. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 24 June 2019 Steps by the Chinese and Hong Kong governments in recent years have raised unease among Hong Kong residents about their future, a concern that burst out in a protest by hundreds of thousands of people last weekend. Fox News, "Timeline: Unease grows in Hong Kong about eroding freedoms," 12 June 2019 Fear and unease also pull at the corners of our mouths. Frans De Waal, Discover Magazine, "Cheerful Chimps: Are Animals Really Happy When They Smile?," 31 May 2019

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First Known Use of unease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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unease

noun

English Language Learners Definition of unease

: a feeling of worry or unhappiness

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