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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
First recorded in 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
  • At the time, these new views and the tone of our talk helped to disquiet me.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • To keep silence during the telling deepens the disquiet curiously.

  • But, somehow, to his disquiet Fyles now realized that there was no further encroachment.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • This disquiet, however, lingered about him, and would yield to nothing.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The message was curt, and even cold, but it brought her no disquiet.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Violet Granger was leagues away, and a touch of romance could not disquiet or hurt her.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
  • Yet, conscious that he had said nothing that was wrong, he felt no disquiet.

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • There was no shadow of disquiet in the minds of any of them.

  • Our quaint old city has been in a disquiet mood for several weeks.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • She looked at him, and read in his countenance the disquiet with which his soul laboured.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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