un·​set·​tling | \ ˌən-ˈset-liŋ, -ˈse-tᵊl-iŋ How to pronounce unsettling (audio) \

Definition of unsettling

: having the effect of upsetting, disturbing, or discomposing unsettling images of the war

Other Words from unsettling

unsettlingly \ ˌən-​ˈset-​liŋ-​lē , -​ˈse-​tᵊl-​iŋ-​ How to pronounce unsettling (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unsettling in a Sentence

unsettling new developments in the effort to bring peace and stability to that region had the unsettling task of picking out a coffin and making the other funeral arrangements for his father
Recent Examples on the Web The fine aura of horror never abates, yet a final surprising twist makes Edward’s fate seem less purely demonic and something perhaps more unsettling—a kind of metamorphosis. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Crypto markets are notoriously volatile, but even so, the recent activity has been unsettling. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The meeting’s minutes have gone missing, and the councilman’s attempt to uncover them leads to increasingly unsettling hijinks and, eventually, a strangely abrupt genre switch. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 That itself can feel sad, even unsettling, given Web3’s revolutionary framing. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 5 Feb. 2022 Sopheap Chak, the executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said the timing of the new law was unsettling, given upcoming elections. New York Times, 15 Jan. 2022 The pyro and the masks — effectively unsettling, never silly, thanks to the musicians' conviction — are Slipknot signatures. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2021 In either case, a diagnosis of multiple myeloma can be unsettling, but know this: treatment can lessen symptoms, slow disease progression, and prolong survival while preserving quality of life, says the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Barbara Brody, Health.com, 17 Sep. 2021 This one felt long, in a good way, and unsettling, also in a good way, probably because of the mechanical noises and scare-jumps from behind ordinary things. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 11 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unsettling

1665, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2022

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“Unsettling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsettling. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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