Disquietude vs Alarm - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between disquietude and alarm

is that disquietude is a state of disquiet, uneasiness, or anxiety while alarm is a summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.

As a verb alarm is

to call to arms for defense.




  • (uncountable) A state of disquiet, uneasiness, or anxiety.
  • * :
  • but Mr Blifil said, he had received such positive and repeated orders from his uncle, never to keep any secret from him for fear of the disquietude which it might give him, that he durst not think of disobedience, whatever might be the consequence.
  • * 1795 , "The Life of John Bunyan," in the Collins Clear-Type Press ed. of The Pilgrim's Progress , p. xiv:
  • He was at length called forth, and set apart by fasting and prayer to the ministerial office, which he executed with faithfulness and success during a long course of years; though frequently with the greatest trepidation and inward disquietude .
  • (countable) A fear or an instance of uneasiness.
  • * 1813 , Laurence Sterne, The works of Laurence Sterne: with a life of the author , Volume 2, page 347:
  • The cares and disquietudes of the marriage-state, quoth Mrs. Wadman, are very great.



    Alternative forms

    * alarum


  • A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
  • ''Arming to answer in a night alarm . --Shakespeare.
  • Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.
  • ''Sound an alarm in my holy mountain. --Joel ii. 1.
  • A sudden attack; disturbance.
  • * Shakespeare
  • these home alarms
  • * Alexander Pope
  • thy palace fill with insults and alarms
  • Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.
  • ''Alarm and resentment spread throughout the camp. --.
  • A mechanical device for awaking people, or rousing their attention.
  • ''The clockradio is a friendlier version of the cold alarm by the bedside
  • An instance of an alarum ringing or clanging, to give a noise signal at a certain time.
  • ''You should set the alarm on your watch to go off at seven o'clock.

    See also

    * tocsin


    (en verb)
  • To call to arms for defense
  • To give (someone) notice of approaching danger
  • To rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.
  • To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.
  • To keep in excitement; to disturb.
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