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[uhn-rest] /ʌnˈrɛst/
lack of rest; a restless, troubled, or uneasy state; disquiet:
the unrest within himself.
disturbance or turmoil; agitation:
political unrest.
Origin of unrest
1300-50; Middle English; see un-1, rest1
Related forms
unresting, adjective
2. ferment, discord, turbulence. Unabridged
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  • This was something I couldn't sit still for thinking of; it kept me awake—at midnight I was full of unrest.

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • The sound disturbed him, bringing premonitions of the city's unrest.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • There had been months of unrest, of curiously painful wonderment that her position, her wealth, her popularity no longer sufficed.

  • It was not the rights or wrongs, or the significance of it, that inspired his unrest.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • That spirit of destruction and unrest seems to have gripped them all.

    Seeing Things at Night Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for unrest


a troubled or rebellious state of discontent
an uneasy or troubled state
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Word Origin and History for unrest

mid-14c., from un- (2) + rest (n.). Cf. West Frisian onrest, Middle Low German unreste, German unrast, Middle Dutch onruste.

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