unease

noun

un·​ease ˌən-ˈēz How to pronounce unease (audio)
: 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 The industry is also grappling with a sense of unease exacerbated by the strikes and global strife. Clayton Davis, Variety, 22 Feb. 2024 Although today’s circumstances are different, familiar signs of unease are already visible among China, North Korea, and Russia—rifts the United States can exploit. Oriana Skylar Mastro, Foreign Affairs, 19 Feb. 2024 But with a definitive ruling not expected until next year, or possibly later, the sense of unease is greater in Belize, which faces the possibility of losing a portion of its own territory to a much larger neighbor. Simon Romero Alejandro Cegarra, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Lack Of Control In a hierarchical structure, a sense of unease prevails at the bottom as decisions are made above. Andrew Sever, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 There are two signs pointing to unease amongst economists and investors. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 On Instagram, Chloe Shih, who worked for Discord, catalogued her growing unease as job losses swept through the tech industry at the start of the year. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 Yet throughout the first months of Adrian Griffin’s successful, albeit brief, head coaching tenure there was a prevailing unease over the locker room, and the games. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 23 Jan. 2024 The camera work and angsty sound effects heighten a sense of unease, yet, ultimately the compelling nature of this drama relies on the acting talents of Choi and Son. Joan MacDonald, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unease. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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