unease

noun
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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While showing unease about the North’s development of ICBMs, the United States, unlike its ally, doesn’t have to worry about a barrage of artillery raining down on its cities. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "Unfinished business: Moon’s summit dreams echo late mentor," 18 Sep. 2018 Potential material shortages, rising manufacturing costs, slimmer profit margins, higher retail prices, and a general state of unease are forcing some American designers to evaluate their long-term design and manufacturing plans. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How Trump’s tariffs are affecting the furniture industry," 7 Aug. 2018 To be sure, the anguished complaints that followed DeMarcus Cousins’ signing with the champs on a one-year, $5.3 million bargain deal reflected growing unease about the league’s lack of competitive balance. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 Inside the Trump administration, current and former officials say, there is considerable unease about the policy, which is regarded by some charged with carrying it out as unfeasible in practice and questionable morally. New York Times, "How Trump Came to Enforce a Practice of Separating Migrant Families," 16 June 2018 Inside the Trump administration, current and former officials say, there is considerable unease about the policy, which is regarded by some charged with carrying it out as unfeasible in practice and questionable morally. Julie Hirschfeld Davis And Michael D. Schear, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration adopts a border policy previously spurned as inhumane," 16 June 2018 The donation to the Club for Growth, revealed Thursday in a new campaign finance disclosure, could be a signal that Thiel plans to re-assert himself as a political donor despite some unease with Trump. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Peter Thiel cut his largest check to the GOP since Trump’s 2016 win," 19 Oct. 2018 Palpable unease has set in among several of Saudi Arabia’s usually vociferous proxies in Washington. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Saudis have a $6 million lobbying payroll despite departures," 16 Oct. 2018 While showing unease about the North's development of ICBMs, the United States, unlike its ally, doesn't have to worry about a barrage of artillery raining down on its cities. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Unfinished business: Moon's summit dreams echo late mentor," 18 Sep. 2018

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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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