Un-settle

unsettle

[uhn-set-l]
verb (used with object), unsettled, unsettling.
1.
to alter from a settled state; cause to be no longer firmly fixed or established; render unstable; disturb: Violence unsettled the government.
2.
to shake or weaken (beliefs, feelings, etc.); cause doubt or uncertainty about: doubts unsettling his religious convictions.
3.
to vex or agitate the mind or emotions of; upset; discompose: The quarrel unsettled her.
verb (used without object), unsettled, unsettling.
4.
to become unfixed or disordered.

Origin:
1535–45; un-2 + settle1


2. upset, disturb, unbalance, confuse, disconcert.
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unsettle (ʌnˈsɛtəl)
 
vb
1.  (usually tr) to change or become changed from a fixed or settled condition
2.  (tr) to confuse or agitate (emotions, the mind, etc)
 
un'settlement
 
n

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unsettle
1598, "undo from a fixed position, from un- (2) + settle. Of the mind, feelings, etc., attested from 1644. Unsettled "not peaceful, not firmly established" is recorded from 1591. Meaning "not occupied by settlers" is attested from 1724.
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