unsettlement

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un·set·tle

 (ŭn-sĕt′l)
tr.v. un·set·tled, un·set·tling, un·set·tles
1. To change from a settled condition; disrupt: Strikes unsettled the economy.
2. To make uneasy; disturb: We were unsettled by the gruesome news.

un·set′tle·ment n.
un·set′tling·ly adv.
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That keeps covenant with old unsettlements. Casts off insulated bliss.