un·ease | \ˌən-ˈēz \

Definition of unease 

: mental or spiritual discomfort: such as

a : vague dissatisfaction : misgiving

b : anxiety, disquiet

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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After his disquieting performance in Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Whitford’s bearded, bespectacled face is a shortcut for instant unease. refinery29.com, "Meet Commander Lawrence, The Most Destabilizing Presence On The Handmaid's Tale," 10 July 2018 Sign-up Concerns over the legacy advantage reflect broader unease about competing priorities in admissions. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "How Much Does Being a Legacy Help Your College Admissions Odds?," 9 July 2018 The unboxing is meant to increase suspense, but the nonstop blundering only provides unease. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "Please Face It: Instagram Story ‘Unboxing’ Does Not Work," 13 July 2018 For a city that suffered a deadly spike in Legionnaires’ disease in 2016, which has been linked to corrosive water from the Flint River, that causes understandable unease. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Flint Water Crisis Is Bigger Than Elon Musk," 12 July 2018 On one hand, her words create an air of mystery and unease. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018 It’s possible; HBO has been expressing a general unease with the ballooning costs of expensive series like Westworld, which could mean the creators are hedging their bets. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Westworld Season 3—Everything We Know So Far," 25 June 2018 Republicans have also begun to express unease about the practice. New York Times, "Separated at the Border From Their Parents: In Six Weeks, 1,995 Children," 15 June 2018 Many leading white-collar lawyers, such as former solicitor general Theodore Olson, have declined Trump's entreaties, often citing conflicts or expressing unease about the high-profile case. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "She wore a dinosaur puppet during a military oath. It got her and a colonel removed from the job," 19 Apr. 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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