[in-kwahy-i-tood, -tyood]


restlessness or uneasiness; disquietude.
inquietudes, disquieting thoughts: beset by myriad inquietudes.

Origin of inquietude

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Late Latin word inquiētūdō. See in-3, quietude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inquietude

Historical Examples of inquietude

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for inquietude



restlessness, uneasiness, or anxiety
Derived Formsinquiet (ɪnˈkwaɪət), adjectiveinquietly, adverb
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