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

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 When Lubitsch moved to Los Angeles, in December, 1922, his background caused unease. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 China’s planned live-fire drills were also causing unease in Japan. Brad Lendon, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to be moving forward with a controversial trip to Taiwan despite fierce pushback from China and some unease inside the Biden administration. Dylan Wells, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 In an interview with the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, candidate Merceydes Morassi, a psychologist, also voiced unease over discussing gender identity in schools. Shira Moolten, Sun Sentinel, 25 July 2022 Even if the deal falls through, Twitter has been dragged through controversy, employee unease and a rocky stock performance for months. Faiz Siddiqui, Gerrit De Vynck, Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2022 These measures can have mixed effects on students’ perceptions of safety and support – cameras posted outside appear to increase felt safety, whereas cameras posted inside seem to promote unease. Paul Boxer, The Conversation, 2 June 2022 Jailings of Saudi businessmen and royals for alleged corruption—as well as crackdowns on political dissidents—have created unease and a culture of fear among some lieutenants delivering projects, these executives added. Rory Jones, WSJ, 31 May 2022 But there are other ways to measure unease among investors. New York Times, 31 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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“Unease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unease. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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