Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Worried unease; anxiety.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An uneasy or disturbed state of mind; a feeling of slight alarm or apprehension; perturbation.

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  • noun uncountable A state of disquiet, uneasiness, or anxiety.
  • noun countable A fear or an instance of uneasiness.

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  • noun feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable

Etymologies

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From dis- +‎ quietude.

Examples

  • They are under a frightful apprehension of guilt and wrath, that they cannot enjoy themselves; when they seem settled they are in disquietude, when they seem merry they are in heaviness; like Cain, who always dwelt in the land of shaking.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • The second cause of his disquietude was the jealous hatred of Madame Campvallon toward the young rival she had herself selected.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • There were even some among them who did not dance at all, but only felt an involuntary impulse to allay the internal sense of disquietude, which is the usual forerunner of an attack of this kind, by laughter, and quick walking carried to the extent of producing fatigue.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07

  • The second cause of his disquietude was the jealous hatred of Madame Campvallon toward the young rival she had herself selected.

    Monsieur De Camors — Complete

  • To love only to seek - on condition of never finding - to want only disquietude, that is to hate truth.

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  • But another and different kind of disquietude kept them waking too.

    Dombey and Son

  • Ollivier, the Prime-Minister, said openly: "The Government has no kind of disquietude; at no epoch has the maintenance of peace been more assured; on whatever side you look, you see no irritating question under discussion."

    The Duel Between France and Germany

  • But another and different kind of disquietude kept them waking too.

    Dombey and Son

  • But I have another source of disquietude which is unaccompanied with any alleviating circumstances.

    Italian Letters, Vols. I and II The History of the Count de St. Julian

  • "My husband and I looked at each other till we burst into tears, and our children observing our disquietude began to cry bitterly."

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  • In his eye there was a doubtful light, and the lines of his refined face showed a vague disquietude.

    Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders

    July 28, 2011