un·set·tling | \ˌən-ˈset-liŋ, -ˈse-tᵊl-iŋ\

Definition of unsettling 

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

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unsettlingly \ˌən-ˈset-liŋ-lē, -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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Like other women in Moshfegh’s stories, the heroine in My Year of Rest and Relaxation is unsettling. Hope Reese, Longreads, "A Person Alone: Leaning Out with Ottessa Moshfegh," 5 July 2018 Spain's World Cup began with the unsettling dismissal of its manager, and La Furia Roja never looked stable in Russia, where their deficiencies were exposed and their stay was shorter than most anticipated. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Spain Always Looked Out of Sorts at This World Cup," 1 July 2018 The upcoming season-ender’s trailer is filled with the kind of exciting, unsettling secrets that just might make the last 10 weeks of obscure, alienating television worth it. refinery29.com, "Here's Every Secret Hiding In The Westworld Finale Trailer," 18 June 2018 Long Shot does leave you with an unsettling feeling of how much our justice system depends on chance. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "How Curb Your Enthusiasm Saved a Man From Death Row," 9 June 2018 Not only do all three have histories of odd and unsettling on-court behavior, but none of the three can provide James with the expert shooter his game desperately needs. Bill Plaschke, latimes.com, "Lakers' new signings surround LeBron James with a cast of oddballs," 3 July 2018 Even more unsettling, only 2% of producers across 300 songs were women. Rubi Jones, Teen Vogue, "The Haim Sisters Open Up About Their Firsthand Experiences With Harassment and Unequal Pay," 16 June 2018 Here's the truth about these unsettling infections. Maria Masters, Health.com, "Every Question You Were Afraid to Ask About Tapeworms, Answered," 24 May 2018 While some deemed it GOALS and sooo romantic <3, others found the exchange to be rather unsettling, given the man’s lips are as slight and delicate as a tiny butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "The Best Twitter Reactions to Prince Harry Biting His Lip During the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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