Definition of inquietude in US English:



  • Physical or mental restlessness or disturbance.

    • ‘He listened to his father in silence, and attempted not any defense, which confirmed her in fearing that the inquietude of his mind, on Isabella's account, might, by keeping him long sleepless, have been the real cause of his rising late.’
    • ‘And nothing illustrates so plainly the inquietude of his mind as his strange, disjointed narration of his relationship with his father.’
    • ‘It should be noted, however, that this relative calm - save for the murmur of conversation between old friends and new acquaintances across the long tables - was in itself the source of a certain inquietude.’
    • ‘We are already in the twentieth century with its restlessness, its inquietude, ‘the age of anxiety’.’
    • ‘The knowledge of this reality and the inquietude that the study would reveal the mysteries that the city keeps in secret were the basic reactors that made me take this interesting trip trough the pages of Berlin's history.’
    • ‘Frustrated and agitated, he dreams of the ‘inquietude and anger’ of his murdered friend.’
    • ‘The all-pervasive reservations and donations system too adds to the youths' inquietude.’
    terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘disturbance of one's quietness or rest’): from Old French, or from late Latin inquietudo, from Latin inquietus, from in- ‘not’ + quietus ‘quiet’.