disquiet

If you feel a sense of disquiet, you're worried or anxious about something. Disquiet at the dinner table means that everyone feels upset or on edge.

You can use the word disquiet as a noun or a verb. A feeling of disquiet might fill you as you walk slowly through a truly spooky haunted house. You can also say that a low, frightening sound coming from the room ahead disquiets you. The word dates from the 1500s, a combination of dis, "lack of" or "not" in Latin, and quiet, from the Latin root quietus, "calm, at rest, or free from exertion."

Definitions of disquiet
  1. noun
    a feeling of mild anxiety about possible developments
    synonyms: anxiousness
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    anxiety
    a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
  2. noun
    the trait of seeming ill at ease
    synonyms: unease, uneasiness
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    discomposure
    a temperament that is perturbed and lacking in composure
  3. verb
    disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
    synonyms: cark, disorder, distract, perturb, trouble, unhinge
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    vex, worry
    disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
    misgive
    suggest fear or doubt
    eat, eat on
    worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
    nag
    worry persistently
    type of:
    disturb, trouble, upset
    move deeply
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