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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Either way, both fragrances manage to distill the rebel yell of the contemporary art of the world: unsettling, unorthodox, and anything but pleasant. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "A New Series of Art World Perfumes Is Challenging What It Means to Smell Good," 24 May 2019 Though the Hulu series doesn’t shy away from the supernatural, its most unsettling elements come from the way its characters begin to twist and turn against each other. Karen Han, Vox, "Hulu’s Castle Rock gets what makes Stephen King so scary," 20 July 2018 Image One of the most unsettling threads in the book is how a collapsing middle class has prompted new industries to spring forth from the rubble — or to circle overhead, like carrion birds. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "Going for Broke, the Middle Class Goes Broke," 27 June 2018 That trick of the eye thing is seriously unsettling. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "My Eyeballs Can't Handle Kim Kardashian's Fully Sheer '90s Catsuit," 2 May 2019 Moments like this, which touch on the way that Castle Rock is decaying as an isolated relic of American history, are more unsettling than those that suggest that a supernatural curse is what’s really affecting the people who live there. Karen Han, Vox, "Hulu’s Castle Rock gets what makes Stephen King so scary," 20 July 2018 But fighting at a remove can be unsettling in other ways. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 So much so that at key moments, the film is as unsettling as any trendy horror item, creating genuine fear about watching what's going on on the screen. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Saoirse Ronan and Ian McEwan reunite for tragic romance 'On Chesil Beach'," 17 May 2018 The idea of your data—even if it has been stripped of your name—floating around out there for use is unsettling. Rachel Wells, Glamour, "Your Pregnancy App May Be Selling Your Data—To Your Boss," 12 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of unsettling

1665, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unsettling

: making you upset, nervous, worried, etc.

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