Definition of disquietude in English:



  • [mass noun] A state of uneasiness or anxiety.

    ‘such passages reflect a sense of disquietude, of alienation even’
    • ‘I ask again, trying to laugh off the disquietude the question has created.’
    • ‘The persistent experience of disquietude in the book returns us to Said's appeal for ‘unending disclosure, discovery, self-criticism, and liberation’ as the basis of a critical humanism - and art.’
    • ‘It seems openly talking about sexuality, especially women's sexuality, creates disquietude among the masses.’
    • ‘Given the disquietude, substance abuse is an easy lure, as is the pressure for early sexual activity.’
    • ‘Her father's visit to the US stirs up the unwanted memories and brings disquietude.’
    • ‘Opening his eyes halfway, Raeyn laboriously pulled up an electronic mail window on his computer and dictated a message to Antony, providing an outlet for his disquietude and tension.’
    • ‘This many people liking something completely secular creates disquietude among the pew-cramming masses.’
    • ‘As the evening comes on, an incomprehensible feeling of disquietude seizes me, just as if night concealed some terrible menace toward me.’
    • ‘I also remember as an elementary school student in the late 1970s that an assignment from my teacher caused me great disquietude and anxiety.’
    • ‘‘Oh, God,’ Tash said, unable to hide her disquietude.’
    • ‘He notes, with some disquietude, the decline in publication of case studies of smaller communities, where most nineteenth-century Americans lived and worked.’
    • ‘The feminist disquietude was not alleviated by the new rabbi's first pre-Yom Kippur sermon.’
    • ‘Still, at the heart of this mania for things American, perhaps more unconscious than conscious, is a deep disquietude.’
    • ‘Rather, he expressed his moral disquietude about a long-ago decision that traded on class status.’
    • ‘Even worse, the disquietude grows when we learn of the unavoidability of certain occurrences, such as our Earth becoming engulfed by a dying sun, or a massive comet colliding head-on with catastrophic consequences.’
    unease, uneasiness, worry, anxiety, anxiousness, distress, concern
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