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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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Examples from the web for unrest
  • Faculty unrest over restructuring is becoming quite common.
  • It had been a day of unrest in the city, and the streets were eerily quiet.
  • These protests had been growing for months, and unrest had also erupted in other parts of the country.
  • It will create dislocations, civil unrest, and political upheavals.
  • Of course, climate change can't be blamed for all the food shortages and social unrest, several researchers cautioned.
  • But in the early days of the uprising, the unrest provided a window of opportunity for looters.
  • It was a time of uncertainty, unrest and repression.
  • Too much exposure to the ills bred in the human mind begets further unrest in the soul.
  • The panel should also understand that war and unrest are also caused by collapsing an economy.
  • The area's inaccessibility, to which political unrest contributes, has kept scientists away.
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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