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uncalm, n.

Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: un- prefix1, calm n.1
Etymology: < un- prefix1 + calm n.1
Compare earlier uncalm adj.

  Absence of calm; lack of stillness or tranquillity; agitation, disquiet.

1867   J. Ruskin Time & Tide vi. 28   I must get back to the evil light, and uncalm, of the places I was taking you through.
1949   Mag. Fantasy Fall 125   A feeling of uncalm suddenly came over her and she closed the trunk, tucking the manuscript under her arm.
1961   Archit. Forum June 86/1   The Italianate uncalm of Gio Ponti's auditorium in the Time and Life Building.
2004   B. Landor Week in Winter 93   How do I sit so calmly rocking in this chair, singing Jack a gentle lullaby at day's end, when I am shot through with uncalm, distress inflaming every part of me?

1867—2004(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, June 2018).