• (RP) IPA: /dɪsˈkwaɪət/


  1. Lack of quiet; absence of tranquility in body or mind
    Synonyms: anxiety, disturbance, restlessness, uneasiness
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  1. (mostly, obsolete) Deprived of quiet; impatient, restless, uneasy.
    • 1669, anonymous [Robert Fleming], The Fulfilling of the Scripture, or An Essay Shewing the Exact Accomplishment of the Word of God in His Works of Providence, Performed and to be Performed. For Confirming the Beleevers, and Convincing the Atheists of the Present Time. Containing in the End a Few Rare Histories of the Works and Servants of God in the Church of Scotland, [Rotterdam: s.n.], OCLC 9818801 ↗; republished as The Fulfilling of the Scripture, in Three Parts. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, Glasgow: Printed by Stephen Young, Prince's-Street, 1801, OCLC 561020060 ↗, page 234 ↗:
      How rare is it for men to get their lot in the world brought up to their deſire? but are ſtill at ſome jar with their preſent condition, ſo that oft there needs no more to turn men discontent but the thought of ſome lot, which they apprehend more ſatiſfying than their own, the want whereof turns them more diſquiet than all their enjoyments are pleaſing; […]
    • 1719, “Robinson Crusoe” [pseudonym; Daniel Defoe], The Life and Strange Suprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years, All Alone in an Un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having Been Cast on Shore by Shipwreck, whereon All the Men Perished but Himself. With an Account how He Was at Last as Strangely Deliver'd by Pyrates. Written by Himself, London: W. Taylor, OCLC 752551201 ↗; republished as The Wonderful Life, and Most Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York; Mariner. Containing a Full and Particular Account How He Lived Eight and Twenty Years in an Un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America: How His Ship was Lost in a Storm, and All His Companions Drowned; and How He was Cast upon the Shore by the Wreck. With a True Relation How He was at last Miraculously Preserved by Pyrates. Faithfully Epitomized from the Three Volumes, and Adorned with Cutts Suited to the Most Remarkable Stories, London: Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, at the Red Lion, in Pater noster Row; R. Ware, at the Bible and Sun, in Amen-Corner; and J. Hodges, at the Looking-glass, on London-Bridge, 1737, OCLC 559894466 ↗, page 51 ↗:
      From this place it was that i uſed to go often to view my boat; and now i ſhall relate a thing that gave me the moſt diſquiet of any thing i had ever met with, ſince my firſt coming into the iſland. […] [O]ne day, as i was going to my boat, as uſual, i perceived on the ſand, the print of a man's naked foot, and had i ſeen an apparition, i could not have been more terrified.

disquiet (disquiets, present participle disquieting; past and past participle disquieted)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make (someone or something) worried or anxious.
    He felt disquieted by the lack of interest the child had shown.
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