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inquietude

[in-kwahy-i-tood, -tyood] /ɪnˈkwaɪ ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
restlessness or uneasiness; disquietude.
2.
inquietudes, disquieting thoughts:
beset by myriad inquietudes.
Origin of inquietude
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Late Latin word inquiētūdō. See in-3, quietude
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Examples from the Web for inquietude
Historical Examples
  • Then long hour followed long hour, but the inquietude of her mood did not abate.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Happy should I be if I could remove the cause of your inquietude!

    Crotchet Castle Thomas Love Peacock
  • A doubt of her regard, supposing him to feel it, need not give him more than inquietude.

    Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
  • Nature offers me nothing that may not be a matter of doubt and inquietude.

    Nightmare Tales H. P. Blavatsky
  • Her eyes had a singular expression of inquietude, of sadness.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • The season of love and incubation is, therefore, a time of fasting and inquietude.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
  • Yet I was not able to tell from whence proceeded my inquietude.

  • inquietude for my own safety was, for a moment, suspended by sympathy with your distress.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
  • Her doubts of the nature of what she had to apprehend, were as full of perplexity as of inquietude.

  • She rose, with a trace of inquietude beneath her calm hauteur.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for inquietude

inquietude

/ɪnˈkwaɪɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
restlessness, uneasiness, or anxiety
Derived Forms
inquiet (ɪnˈkwaɪət) adjective
inquietly, adverb
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