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.
Recent Examples on the Web Leslie Kean, an independent investigative journalist and a novice U.F.O. researcher who had worked with Greer, watched the proceedings with unease. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, "How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously," 30 Apr. 2021 All of them are pinched with unease, a vague anxiety repressed during the day but unleashed once the lights go off. Washington Post, "Simon Han’s ‘Nights When Nothing Happened’ is a poignant study of the immigrant experience," 30 Nov. 2020 Ed watches all of the carnage with increasing unease. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "The Bachelorette recap: 'I'm ready to show her how grown my ass is as a man'," 18 Nov. 2020 The world had watched with unease, transfixed as President Donald Trump claimed premature victory in the hours after election, made unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and launched legal fights. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "'Welcome back, America': World congratulates Joe Biden, allies and adversaries look ahead," 7 Nov. 2020 Indeed, to be a parent these days is to await, perhaps with some unease, a tribunal that will not be convened for many years. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "I Used a Sperm Donor. Should I Introduce My Daughter to Her Half Siblings?," 20 Oct. 2020 The Russian and Chinese arming of Serbia, as well as their growing political and economic influence in the Balkan state, is being watched with unease in the West and among Serbia's neighbors. Dusan Stojanovic, Star Tribune, "Serbia considers buying Chinese missiles despite US warning," 11 Aug. 2020 Fundraisers are eyeing with unease the dynamic heading into the fall, especially as continued economic pain due to the coronavirus leaves some donors less able to make contributions. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "‘A lot harder’: COVID-19 challenges political fundraising as Texas heads toward critical November election," 1 July 2020 Not unlike the recent backlash against a scientist in China claiming to have edited the genomes of human embryos, advances in AI come with a certain unease. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "“Superhuman” AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games," 6 Dec. 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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6 May 2021

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“Unease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unease. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unease

: a feeling of worry or unhappiness

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