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Word forms: 3rd person singular present
, present participle disquieting
, past tense, past participle disquieted

1. uncountable noun

Disquiet is a feeling of worry or anxiety.


There is growing public disquiet about the cost of such policing.
Synonyms: uneasiness, concern , fear , worry   More Synonyms of disquiet

2. verb

If something disquiets you, it makes you feel anxious.


This information disquieted him. [VERB noun]
Synonyms: make uneasy, concern , worry , trouble   More Synonyms of disquiet

He found her letter disquieting.
Synonyms: worrying , troubling, upsetting, disturbing   More Synonyms of disquiet
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disquiet in British




a feeling or condition of anxiety or uneasiness

2. (transitive)

to make anxious or upset

Also: disquieten


3. archaic

uneasy or anxious
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Derived forms

disquietedly (disˈquietedly) or disquietly (disˈquietly)

disquietedness (disˈquietedness) or disquietness (disˈquietness)

disquieting (disˈquieting)

disquietingly (disˈquietingly)

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disquiet in American

; diskwīˈət; ˈdɪsˈkwaɪət
; disˈkwīˈət)

verb transitive


to make anxious, uneasy, or restless ; disturb ; fret


a disturbed or uneasy feeling; anxiety; restlessness

3.  Archaic

restless; uneasy

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Derived forms

disquieting (disˈquieting)

disquietingly (disˈquietingly)


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Some users also expressed their disquiet at the changes on social media . Times, Sunday Times (2016)There was something oddly disquieting about this move. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There is also disquiet about the cost of due diligence . Times, Sunday Times (2012)The orchestra also stirred disquiet by playing contemporary music. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It must be the summer air that affects me with feelings almost as disquieting as they are refreshing . Hans Christian Andersen Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1874)Our laws should reflect this disquiet. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It was a deeply disquieting experience . Times, Sunday Times (2007) Suddenly , they were assailed by a much more disquieting voice . John Harris THE LAST PARTY: Britpop, Blair and the demise of English rock (2003) Maybe crushes are best left as vaguely disquieting feelings that tell us more about who we are than what we think about others. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The book’s most engaging aspect is also its most disquieting. Times, Sunday Times (2009)If they do not quite give us that disquieting feel of folly , they admirably convey the look of the thing. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)But then something disquieting happens . Times, Sunday Times (2007)Despite its popularity, there is growing disquiet about the behaviour of some of its
guests and the lack of regulation covering its hosts .
Times, Sunday Times (2016) Taxpayers are picking up the bill despite public disquiet over MP perks. The Sun (2007)There is also disquiet that many key staff were poached to set up the US series. The Sun (2011)The invitation had prompted widespread disquiet after s crackdown on anti-government protests in Bahrain . Times, Sunday Times (2011)He goes on: ‘The viewer is left with that disquieting feeling. Times, Sunday Times (2006)That the system is creaking adds to the disquiet and also makes it easier for Labour to offer an alternative that does not look fiscally irresponsible . Times, Sunday Times (2014)It’s beautiful , but also disquieting. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Both are deep , questioning , disquieting yet also lyrical pieces. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He expanded on her work – not always with her full approval – causing an increase in public disquiet. Times, Sunday Times (2015) Images taken by a veteran former police diver show something disquieting going on in the newly protected areas around Britain’s shoreline . Times, Sunday Times (2014)

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Translations for ‘disquiet’

British English: disquiet NOUN

Disquiet is a feeling of worry or anxiety.
There is growing public disquiet about the cost of such policing.
  • American English: disquiet
  • Brazilian Portuguese: inquietação
  • Chinese: 忧虑不安
  • European Spanish: inquietud
  • French: inquiétude
  • German: Unruhe
  • Italian: preoccupazione
  • Japanese: 不安
  • Korean: 불안
  • European Portuguese: inquietação
  • Spanish: inquietud

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SINCE 1828





| \(ˌ)dis-ˈkwī-ət


Definition of disquiet 

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transitive verb

: to take away the peace or tranquility of : disturb , alarm

were disquieted by recent events



Definition of disquiet (Entry 2 of 3)

: lack of peace or tranquility : anxiety

great disquiet among shareholders



Definition of disquiet (Entry 3 of 3)


: uneasy , disquieted

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Synonyms: Verb

agitate , ail , alarm ( also alarum ) , bother , concern , derail , discomfort , discompose , dismay , distemper , distract , distress , disturb , exercise , flurry , frazzle , freak (out) , fuss , hagride , perturb , undo , unhinge , unsettle , upset , weird out , worry

Synonyms: Noun

agita , agitation , anxiety , anxiousness , apprehension , apprehensiveness , care , concern , concernment , disquietude , fear , nervosity , nervousness , perturbation , solicitude , sweat , unease , uneasiness , worry

Antonyms: Verb

calm , compose , quiet , settle , soothe , tranquilize ( also tranquillize )

Antonyms: Noun


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discompose , disquiet , disturb , perturb , agitate , upset , fluster mean to destroy capacity for collected thought or decisive action. discompose implies some degree of loss of self-control or self-confidence especially through emotional stress.

discomposed by the loss of his beloved wife

disquiet suggests loss of sense of security or peace of mind.

the disquieting news of factories closing

disturb implies interference with one’s mental processes caused by worry, perplexity, or interruption.

the discrepancy in accounts disturbed me

perturb implies deep disturbance of mind and emotions.

perturbed by her husband’s strange behavior

agitate suggests obvious external signs of nervous or emotional excitement.

in his agitated state we could see he was unable to work

upset implies the disturbance of normal or habitual functioning by disappointment, distress, or grief.

the family’s constant bickering upsets the youngest child

fluster suggests bewildered agitation.

his declaration of love completely flustered her

Examples of disquiet in a Sentence


we were disquieted by the strange noises we heard outside our tent at night


There is increasing public disquiet about the number of violent crimes in the city.

a period of disquiet before the results of the close election were confirmed

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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The fact that the president, who has enormous power to make life better or worse for immigrant communities, has dehumanizing views is disquieting enough.

Brian Resnick, Vox, “Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language,” 14 Aug. 2018

The fact that the president, who has enormous power to make life better or worse for immigrant communities, has dehumanizing views is disquieting enough.

Brian Resnick, Vox, “Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language,” 14 Aug. 2018

The unserious manner in which most members of our political class have treated this question is disquieting.

Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, “We the seagulls,” 22 June 2018

Some tales, however, seem to contain no overtly supernatural content, just a lingering, disquieting sense of oddness.

Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, “Science fiction and fantasy books: ‘Belly Up,’ ‘What Should Be Wild,’ ‘84K’,” 7 June 2018

Hereditary flips that by frequently showing characters going about their day only to be interrupted by the sight of something just off-screen that ranges from disquieting to horrifying.

Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, “Hereditary is catnip for fans of slow-burn horror movies,” 9 June 2018

Henceforth, the movie shifts from the disquieting to the freaky and, by the end, the absolutely nuts.

Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, ““Hereditary” Delivers a New Kind of Horror,” 7 June 2018

The fact that the president, who has enormous power to make life better or worse for immigrant communities, has dehumanizing views is disquieting enough.

Brian Resnick, Vox, “Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language,” 17 May 2018

The dreams are full of disquieting imagery — the fluttering of moths, a timeworn theater, a frozen corpse.

Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, “Review: 13 Dead Dreams of “Eugene” – Fringe 2018,” 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Australia is enjoying a 27-year run of economic growth, but stagnant wage growth, inflationary pressures, job losses and a backlash against globalization have stoked voter disquiet.

Rachel Pannett, WSJ, “The Decade of the Long Knives: Australia’s Leadership Teeters Again,” 21 Aug. 2018

Perri’s goal was to convey the sense of terror and disquiet that the film imparts through its title art.

Eliza Brooke, Vox, “Sorry to Bother You,” 12 Nov. 2018

But public disquiet over the growing number of allegations of foul play in the Brexit referendum may provide some fuel.

The Economist, “Britain’s election watchdog barks at digital campaign methods,” 28 June 2018

Mrs May is attempting to shore up her position in Downing Street following the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson amid disquiet over her approach to Brexit.

Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, “Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh,” 10 July 2018

Eschewing the heroic, monumental approach which for centuries was sculpture’s default mode, his figures are evocations of disquiet and discontent that fit a world disillusioned with bombast.

The Economist, “How Alberto Giacometti became a legend,” 14 June 2018

This internal disquiet and attempted electoral challenges by former senior military officials produced a swift, harsh and conspicuous response.

Michael Wahid Hanna, Washington Post, “Egypt’s election is coming soon. The real battle begins afterward.,” 8 Mar. 2018

And Chancellor Angela Merkel has made clear her disquiet with Trump’s policies, arguing that Germany may no longer be able to rely on its US ally.

Stephen Collinson, CNN, “The West is in crisis, despite Trump’s glowing assessment,” 9 June 2018

Separately, the appointment of Thomas, an ethnic Indian and a Christian, stirred some disquiet among the country’s Muslim Malay majority.

Washington Post, “Wife of ex-Malaysia PM questioned, new graft scandal unfolds,” 5 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘disquiet.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback .

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circa 1530, in the meaning defined above


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English Language Learners Definition of disquiet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (someone) worried or nervous



English Language Learners Definition of disquiet (Entry 2 of 2)

: a feeling of worry or nervousness

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Kids Definition of disquiet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make uneasy or worried

We were disquieted by strange noises in the house.



Kids Definition of disquiet (Entry 2 of 2)

: an uneasy feeling

The child’s illnesses brought disquiet to the family.

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