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

Definition of unsettling

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

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Other Words from unsettling

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

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But finding extraneous bits of metal in your chicken strips can be both unsettling and risky. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Nearly 70,000 Pounds of Tyson Chicken Strips Recalled Due to Possible Metal Contamination," 25 Mar. 2019 The deeply unsettling conclusion of this line of thinking extends far beyond Domino's. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 The concept of robotic companionship is sometimes seen as unsettling in the West. James Vincent, The Verge, "Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved," 20 Dec. 2018 The Prodigy really explores motherhood in a fresh and unsettling way. Molly Fitzpatrick, Marie Claire, "Taylor Schilling On What Scares Her—On and Off The Screen," 22 Jan. 2019 That this critical moment of truth comes in the midst of a playoff run that eluded him in his glittering prime just adds an extra level of poignancy to the unsettling dynamic. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Mariners didn’t trade for a starting pitcher, putting Felix Hernandez’s next start under microscope," 31 July 2018 This quandary is all the more unsettling because its object happens to be the body of a pregnant woman. New York Times, "In Knausgaard’s ‘Spring,’ a Man Considers How Best to Help His Sick Wife," 6 July 2018 Of all the amazing and (sometimes) unsettling ways your body changes during pregnancy, your feet swelling for apparently no reason may be one of the more alarming. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What Jessica Simpson—and Every Other Pregnant Person—Should Know About Swollen Feet," 11 Jan. 2019 But nothing managed to remove the unsettling undercurrent that runs through my life. Deanna Debara, Glamour, "Anxiety Can Be a Good Thing—Here’s How I Make Mine Work for Me," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of unsettling

1665, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsettling was in 1665

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English Language Learners Definition of unsettling

: making you upset, nervous, worried, etc.

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an enemy or opponent

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