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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Former Vice President Joe Biden has built a 5-point lead over President Donald Trump in Texas, as unease over Trump’s handling of coronavirus mounts, a new Dallas Morning News-University of Texas Tyler poll has found. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Joe Biden builds lead over Donald Trump in reliably red Texas, as voters sour on handling of virus," 12 July 2020 The years of unease have not been solely Eisele's burden, despite his death three years ago. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Re-opening federal death chamber: Victim opposition, pandemic threaten first execution in 17 years," 9 July 2020 Strong's unadorned prose aptly captures a certain kind of queasy millennial unease, though its very plainness can also place a pane of glass between her voice and the reader; a diary of desire, once removed. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Want and The Party Upstairs show the perils of a class-obsessed New York City: Review," 6 July 2020 What Europe and India share, according to Giri, is a growing sense of unease following years of substantial investment by China. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "How much trouble is Huawei in?," 4 July 2020 That unease stems from a disturbing truth about the pandemic: No one, not even the top experts, can say when a vaccine or an effective treatment might be in sight. Author: Tamara Lush And Jim Vertuno, Anchorage Daily News, "Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears," 4 July 2020 Despite the unease over the coronavirus threat and ongoing tensions over racial inequities, the mood of Friday’s ceremonies — about an hour at each station — was festive. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "BART finally knows the way to San Jose — new line to South Bay starts this weekend," 12 June 2020 Some companies that trade publicly in New York, for example, have expressed unease that the United States is becoming more hostile for them as regulators and lawmakers consider rules that would lead to harsher scrutiny. Jill Disis, Eric Cheung And Will Ripley, CNN, "Security law could hurt Hong Kong as a global business hub," 1 July 2020 Others fear what French unease over ethnic statistics may mean in the event of a second wave of the pandemic. Washington Post, "How France’s aversion to collecting data on race affects its coronavirus re...," 26 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unease.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unease

Time Traveler for unease

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for unease

Last Updated

16 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Unease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unease. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for unease


How to pronounce unease (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unease

: a feeling of worry or unhappiness

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on unease

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for unease

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with unease

Spanish Central: Translation of unease

Nglish: Translation of unease for Spanish Speakers

Comments on unease

What made you want to look up unease? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!