- to alter from a settled state; cause to be no longer firmly fixed or established; render unstable; disturb: Violence unsettled the government.
- to shake or weaken (beliefs, feelings, etc.); cause doubt or uncertainty about: doubts unsettling his religious convictions.
- to vex or agitate the mind or emotions of; upset; discompose: The quarrel unsettled her.
- to become unfixed or disordered.
Origin of unsettle
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Examples from the Web for unsettling
But this same Christmas story and message should be unsettling, even disturbing, to those of us who are well off.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
This is entirely understandable—after all, it is unsettling that a physician could make such an obvious mistake.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
November 21, 2014
And it was this vision of America, as unsettling as it was, that resonated and made his death meaningful.Why We Need Celebrity Scandals
November 7, 2014
The Secret History of Wonder Woman is, in the end, unsettling.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
Yet the eerie echoing of the earlier faux interview in another major media outlet was unsettling for jazz lovers.What’s With This Uncool Surge in Jazz Bashing?
November 2, 2014
They were unsettling, they caused pain; and, what was worse, they might have been true for all we knew.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
I knew it was her voice, and not her logic, that was unsettling me.The Long Run
He seems to know that some unsettling and untoward event is on the way.The Prairie Mother
Moments like this were unsettling—and to be guarded against.The Tyranny of Weakness
Charles Neville Buck
True believers were so scarce that it was wicked to think of unsettling their faith.Miss Mapp
Edward Frederic Benson
- (usually tr) to change or become changed from a fixed or settled condition
- (tr) to confuse or agitate (emotions, the mind, etc)