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 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 of disquiet

  • 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



a feeling or condition of anxiety or uneasiness


(tr) to make anxious or upset


archaic uneasy or anxious
Derived Formsdisquietedly or disquietly, adverbdisquietedness or disquietness, noundisquieting, adjectivedisquietingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disquiet

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

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