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disquiet

[dis-kwahy-it]
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noun
  1. lack of calm, peace, or ease; anxiety; uneasiness.
verb (used with object)
  1. to deprive of calmness, equanimity, or peace; disturb; make uneasy: The news disquieted him.
adjective
  1. Archaic. uneasy; disquieted.

Origin of disquiet

First recorded in 1520–30; dis-1 + quiet2
Related formsdis·qui·et·ed·ly, adverbdis·qui·et·ed·ness, noundis·qui·et·ly, adverbun·dis·qui·et·ed, adjective
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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


British Dictionary definitions for disquiet

disquiet

noun
  1. a feeling or condition of anxiety or uneasiness
verb
  1. (tr) to make anxious or upset
adjective
  1. archaic uneasy or anxious
Derived Formsdisquietedly or disquietly, adverbdisquietedness or disquietness, noundisquieting, adjectivedisquietingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disquiet

v.

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

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