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[dis-kwahy-it] /dɪsˈkwaɪ ɪt/
lack of calm, peace, or ease; anxiety; uneasiness.
verb (used with object)
to deprive of calmness, equanimity, or peace; disturb; make uneasy:
The news disquieted him.
Archaic. uneasy; disquieted.
Origin of disquiet
1520-30; dis-1 + quiet2
Related forms
disquietedly, adverb
disquietedness, noun
disquietly, adverb
undisquieted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disquiet
Historical Examples
  • Embarrassments too were not wanting to disquiet the opening days of the new reign.

  • But those which cause my disquiet I am willing to have remote from your hearing.

  • But that did not seem to disquiet or trouble either him or his men.

    Battle Studies Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq
  • “Do not disquiet yourself so much, my friend,” answered the little man.

    The Oriental Story Book Wilhelm Hauff
  • Yet it demanded him, as Rachel had demanded him, and towards it he turned in his days of disquiet, inanimate and bewildered.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Reverting to the autumn of 1654, much had then occurred to disquiet the Army.

  • At last he attributed his disquiet to his anxiety for the safety of Timothy.

    The Brook Kerith George Moore
  • He looked at his own disquiet face and thought, 'I've been cheated!'

  • Upon inquiry I found the lawyer was but just disbarred for some malpractice; and the discovery added excessively to my disquiet.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • You may irritate and disquiet with it; but it must be by means of a flower or a feather.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
British Dictionary definitions for disquiet


a feeling or condition of anxiety or uneasiness
(transitive) to make anxious or upset
(archaic) uneasy or anxious
Derived Forms
disquietedly, disquietly, adverb
disquietedness, disquietness, noun
disquieting, adjective
disquietingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disquiet

1520s, from dis- + quiet. Related: Disquieted; disquieting. As a noun, from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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