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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Definitions for unquiet

  1. agitated; restless; disordered; turbulent: unquiet times.
  2. mentally or emotionally disturbed; vexed or perturbed; uneasy: He felt unquiet and alone.
  3. a state of agitation, turbulence, disturbance, etc.: Unquiet spread throughout the land.

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Citations for unquiet
The Scotch became unquiet in the Red King's time, and were twice defeated—the second time, with the loss of their King, Malcolm, and his son. Charles Dickens, A Child's History of England, 1852
I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847
Origin of unquiet
Unquiet has been in English since at least the early 1500s. The prefix un- means “not” and the root word quiet derives from the Latin verb quiēscere “to come to rest.”