Definition of disquiet in English:

disquiet

noun

  • A feeling of anxiety or worry.

    ‘public disquiet about animal testing’
    • ‘The euthanasia programme was discontinued on Hitler's order in August 1941 because it was causing public disquiet.’
    • ‘The last thing any hospital needs during a period of public disquiet is another type of scare to increase anxiety.’
    • ‘In other situations the publication of suspicions may unreasonably give rise to public disquiet and speculation.’
    • ‘These cases were extremely influential in the campaigns for abolition, and understandably so: there was too much public disquiet about them.’
    • ‘But, if so, what according to him is the true significance of the kind of unease or disquiet to which he refers?’
    • ‘We also suggest that some elements of the policy process around the single market contributed to the subsequent public disquiet about European integration.’
    • ‘Murphy acknowledged that he was aware of public disquiet over the matter and that his office was inundated with calls asking for the matter to be finalised.’
    • ‘Despite considerable public disquiet, the post-Maastricht period saw substantial policy development.’
    • ‘In fact there was not; but public disquiet was understandable.’
    • ‘Moreover these are signs of a wider public disquiet over the US actions.’
    • ‘Over in the UK where plans are well underway to do just this, there's a growing groundswell of public disquiet.’
    • ‘The recommendation was made because past cases had caused public disquiet.’
    • ‘More and more governments are having to step in and override these magistrates who arrogantly refuse to take note of public disquiet.’
    • ‘The official end of hostilities has not ended public disquiet.’
    • ‘And this is only a pale reflection of the extent of public disquiet and the belief that the prime minister was lying.’
    • ‘The Government has also yielded to public disquiet over the inability to deliberately spoil votes.’
    • ‘There has been considerable disquiet and unease since the news broke in September that the Patrician Brothers were closing the school.’
    • ‘The scale of public disquiet is such that the government has intimated that the redeployment has a limit of 30 days.’
    • ‘There was public disquiet about the private finance decision but Mackie says improving the educational experience is at the heart of all his proposals.’
    • ‘They talk tough while their actions add to the numbers and so also to public disquiet about the scale of immigration.’
    unease, uneasiness, worry, anxiety, anxiousness, distress, concern
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective disquieted
  • Make (someone) worried or anxious.

    ‘she felt disquieted at the lack of interest the girl had shown’
    • ‘Admittedly I was quite disquieted by the thought of songs lasting longer than 15 minutes, but I should not have worried.’
    • ‘I watched some of the hundred greatest kids' TV programmes ever in the world programme on Monday, and the outcome disquieted me.’
    • ‘Perhaps you, too, were upset or disquieted by those photos of women holding hands with women, men flashing their matching wedding rings.’
    • ‘Mostly, though, his opponents were disquieted by his notion that the world might be older than the biblical chronology would indicate.’
    • ‘The idea that this state might not be the only possible one partly disquieted him and partly bored him.’
    • ‘While some people were comfortable with it, many more were disquieted, even deeply offended.’
    • ‘‘The report disquieted a lot of people at the BBC,’ he says.’
    • ‘Obviously he felt disquieted by the procedure and felt that it would have been possible for him to have protected the complainants adequately had the normal process of cross-examination proceeded.’
    • ‘Given that, are you in any way disquieted by your certainty that we should withdraw?’
    • ‘The Patent Office's adventurousness gratified biotechnologists, but it also disquieted many clerics.’
    • ‘But when a new student, Francis arrives at the school, Olivier is obviously disquieted.’
    • ‘And despite dire warnings of certain columnists alluded to above, Americans by and large do not seem overly disquieted by contemporary French trends.’
    • ‘Their findings disquieted the Dundee support.’
    • ‘In truth, his encounter with Toby Addington had disquieted him.’
    • ‘But when he reached gallantly to kiss my hand and I first looked into the eyes of General Eduard Rinaldi I was disquieted.’
    • ‘I am a little disquieted by the fact that, in the case of the Army at least, the aid is disbursed through the military command structure.’
    • ‘I stole the signatures from stories that disquieted me.’
    • ‘It's summer break and Pete is disquieted by the fact that he won't make it into Heaven.’
    • ‘I was instantly disquieted and remembered my neglect with regret.’
    • ‘Many people were disquieted about the macho posturing about the fire-fighters.’
    perturb, agitate, upset, disturb, unnerve, unsettle, discompose, disconcert, ruffle, startle
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Pronunciation

disquiet

/dɪsˈkwaɪət//disˈkwīət/