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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
1515-1525
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.”