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unsettle

Syllabification: un·set·tle
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈsedl
 
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Definition of unsettle in English:

verb

[with object]
Cause to feel anxious or uneasy; disturb: the crisis has unsettled financial markets (as adjective unsettling) an unsettling conversation
More example sentences
  • But going more than halfway to tolerate what look like disturbing cultural practices unsettles some historians, aid experts, economists and others with experience in developing societies.
  • I have also so far not spoken to the children on the phone as my husband reassures me that they are fine and a possible phone conversation may unsettle them.
  • Even overhearing conversations was enough to unsettle me.
Synonyms
informal rattle, faze, pull the rug (out) from under

Derivatives

unsettlement

1
noun
Example sentences
  • A council spokesman added: ‘There are many areas of the town where the parking and traffic problem is a major source of tension and unsettlement.’
  • But that unsettlement is unconscious - you naturally don't like the idea of a killer on the loose, and though it's tangential and seemingly unrelated, the concepts are stuck in the back of your mind.
  • Moreover, the coining of the term ‘information society’ seems to give some intellectual order to the confusion and unsettlement caused by what appears as an unusually rapid period of change.

unsettlingly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • I would be eerily, even unsettlingly, quiet and orderly.
  • La Candelaria is full of beautiful Spanish colonial houses in glorious colours with ornate iron balconies, great lavish wooden doors and rather unsettlingly life-like copper statues.
  • Carol's accusations are paranoid, exaggerated and ruinously unfair; but the play's genius is that her analysis of the smug patriarchy that frustrates her is unsettlingly acute.

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