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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In a conspicuous sign of unease among global investors, the value of Turkey’s currency, the lira, has plunged by roughly one-fifth this year, raising prices for households and businesses alike. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018 In the model's new interview with PORTER magazine, Bündchen confirmed her growing unease with wearing revealing clothes. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gisele Bündchen Had Some Surprising Rules When Modeling for Victoria's Secret," 1 Feb. 2019 Study after study shows that despite our professed unease, humans bond pretty readily with robots. James Vincent, The Verge, "Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved," 20 Dec. 2018 The problems at the Northlake camp also may underscore unease, particularly at the federal level, with Seattle’s strong embrace of tiny-house villages in response to the city’s nearly 3-year-old declared state of emergency on homelessness. Vianna Davila, The Seattle Times, "Tiny-home villages are a key part of Seattle’s homeless strategy. So why did one village lack case management for three months?," 16 July 2018 That chance came in a nervous ninth minute for Argentina's defense, which seemed unsettled by Iceland's strength and their own unease with loose balls in the penalty area. Graham Dunbar, chicagotribune.com, "Messi misses penalty as Iceland hold Argentina to draw," 16 June 2018 No one lives easily on the slopes of a volcano; Jamie Bernstein has been faithful to her unease. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 16 June 2018 In the interview, Kehlani recalls her unease over the labels society insists on imposing on people. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Kehlani Talks About How Society Holds Back Women From 'Exploring Their Queerness'," 7 June 2018 As his unease with the project grows, Popkin’s protagonist, Nicholas Moscowitz, becomes increasingly distraught over the prospect of selling out. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "In Queen Village, life imitates art, but with a Target store and too much parking," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of unease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unease was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of unease

: a feeling of worry or unhappiness

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a strong desire or propensity

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