Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A state of restlessness or uneasiness; disquietude.

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  • n. A condition of being restless, uneasy or nervous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Disturbed state; uneasiness either of body or mind; restlessness; disquietude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lack of quietude or tranquillity; restlessness of manner or feeling; unrest.
  • n. Disturbance of mind or body; a feeling of uneasiness or apprehension; disquietude.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable

Etymologies

Middle English, disturbance, from Late Latin inquiētūdō, restlessness, from Latin inquiētus, restless : in-, not; see in-1 + quiētus, quiet; see quiet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • What added to our inquietude was the circumstance that two-thirds of our original number were now waiting for us in Paris, and clinging, as we now did most painfully, to any addition to our melancholy remnant, this division, with the tameless impassable ocean between, struck us with affright.

    The Last Man

  • But his inquietude was the offspring of love; and his wariness and caution originated in the docility of his mind, and his anxious attachment to innocence and spotless rectitude.

    Imogen A Pastoral Romance

  • Still, as I urged our leaving Ireland with such inquietude and impatience, my father thought it best to yield.

    Chapter 21

  • The new president referred to only one issue facing Congress: how far “an exercise of the occasional power delegated by the Fifth article of the Constitution” was expedient at the present time due to the objections made to the Constitution and “the degree of inquietude which has given birth to them.”

    Ratification

  • Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • The disappointment occasioned by his non-arrival was manifested in the convalescent by inquietude, which was at first mingled with peevishness, and afterwards with doubt and fear.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • Duke with a manner which was meant to be graceful and conciliatory, but which could not conceal both art and inquietude.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Full, therefore, of doubt and inquietude, she passed the night in discomfort and irresolution, now determining to give way to her feelings, and now to be wholly governed by the counsel of Mr Monckton.

    Cecilia

  • Harrel in his favour; and though he had no difficulty to persuade himself that any offer he might now make would be rejected without hesitation, he knew too well the insidious properties of perseverance, to see him, without inquietude, situated so advantageously.

    Cecilia

  • The mixture of fondness and resentment with which this letter was dictated, marked so strongly the sufferings and disordered state of the writer, that all the softness of Cecilia returned when she perused it, and left her not a wish but to lessen his inquietude, by assurances of unalterable regard: yet she determined not to trust herself in his sight, certain they could only meet to grieve over each other, and conscious that

    Cecilia

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