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disquietude

[dis-kwahy-i-tood, -tyood] /dɪsˈkwaɪ ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
the state of disquiet; uneasiness.
Origin of disquietude
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10; dis-1 + quietude
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  • These words brought Pierre's disquietude and exasperation to a climax.

  • This time Pierre, penetrated by disquietude, wished to approach and question him.

  • Here had lived an elder race, to which we look back with disquietude.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The appearance of the house affected me, as I drew near, with disquietude.

  • He went up in 1845 as a commoner, and this fact caused him some disquietude.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore
  • A fresh cause for disquietude arose, Grace evidently was jealous of her.

    Isabel Leicester Clotilda Jennings
  • Esmé observed his disquietude with considerable satisfaction.

    The Green Carnation

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • The sound came from abaft his beam and his disquietude increased.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The heart is full; there is no room for care nor disquietude.

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • And even now I sometimes feel the same uneasiness and disquietude.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
British Dictionary definitions for disquietude

disquietude

/dɪsˈkwaɪɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
a feeling or state of anxiety or uneasiness
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Word Origin and History for disquietude
n.

1709; from disquiet on model of quietude.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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