Ill at ease
Ease Ease ([=e]z), n. [OE. ese, eise, F. aise; akin to Pr. ais, aise, OIt. asio, It. agio; of uncertain origin; cf. L. ansa handle, occasion, opportunity. Cf. {Agio}, {Disease}.] 1. Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation; entertainment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

They him besought Of harbor and or ease as for hire penny. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as: (a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation; as, ease of body. [1913 Webster]

Usefulness comes by labor, wit by ease. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

Give yourself ease from the fatigue of watching. --Swift. (b) Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security; as, ease of mind. [1913 Webster]

Among these nations shalt thou find no ease. --Deut. xxviii. 65. [1913 Webster]

Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. --Luke xii. 19. (c) Freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty, embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness; -- said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of behavior, of address. [1913 Webster]

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Whate'er he did was done with so much ease, In him alone 't was natural to please. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{At ease}, free from pain, trouble, or anxiety. ``His soul shall dwell at ease.'' --Ps. xxv. 12.

{Chapel of ease}. See under {Chapel}.

{Ill at ease}, not at ease, disquieted; suffering; anxious.

{To stand at ease} (Mil.), to stand in a comfortable attitude in one's place in the ranks.

{With ease}, easily; without much effort.

Syn: Rest; quiet; repose; comfortableness; tranquillity; facility; easiness; readiness. [1913 Webster]


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  • ill at ease — {adj. phr.} Not feeling at ease or comfortable; anxious; worried; unhappy. * /Donald had never been to a big party before and he was ill at ease./ * /When Joe first went to dancing school, he was ill at ease, not knowing how to act./ Contrast: AT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ill at ease — {adj. phr.} Not feeling at ease or comfortable; anxious; worried; unhappy. * /Donald had never been to a big party before and he was ill at ease./ * /When Joe first went to dancing school, he was ill at ease, not knowing how to act./ Contrast: AT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Ill at ease — Ill Ill ([i^]l), a. [The regular comparative and superlative are wanting, their places being supplied by worseand worst, from another root.] [OE. ill, ille, Icel. illr; akin to Sw. illa, adv., Dan. ilde, adv.] 1. Contrary to good, in a physical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ill at ease — If someone is ill at ease, they are worried or uncomfortable …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • ill at ease — [adj] uncomfortable, nervous anxious, awkward, discomfited, disquieted, disturbed, doubtful, edgy, faltering, fidgety, hesitant, insecure, on edge*, on pins and needles*, on tenterhooks*, out of place*, restless, self conscious, shy, suspicious,… …   New thesaurus

  • ill at ease — ► ill at ease uncomfortable or embarrassed. Main Entry: ↑ill …   English terms dictionary

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  • ill at ease — adjective socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner awkward and reserved at parties ill at ease among eddies of people he didn t know was always uneasy with strangers • Syn: ↑awkward, ↑uneasy • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • ill\ at\ ease — adj. phr. Not feeling at ease or comfortable; anxious; worried; unhappy. Donald had never been to a big party before and he was ill at ease. When Joe first went to dancing school, he was ill at ease, not knowing how to act. Contrast: at ease(2) …   Словарь американских идиом

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