un·​rest | \ ˌən-ˈrest How to pronounce unrest (audio) \

Definition of unrest

: a disturbed or uneasy state : turmoil

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Examples of unrest in a Sentence

The country has experienced years of civil unrest. unrest gripped the city as the people nervously awaited the expected bombardment
Recent Examples on the Web Social unrest following the death of George Floyd, Lichtman said, also worsens the public's perception of Trump. Washington Examiner, "History professor who predicted Trump 2016 win forecasts Biden victory in 2020," 6 Aug. 2020 Civil unrest followed the 2001 death of Thomas, just one in a string of unarmed Black men who died at the hands of police. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati police used force less last year than any other year on record, database shows," 6 Aug. 2020 The explosion is the latest in a series of disasters that have smashed the Lebanese economy and created enormous unrest. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Can Lebanon be saved?," 6 Aug. 2020 Relocating the action to 1947, as unrest grips India on the eve of its Partition from Pakistan, Thorne dashes through the sorrows that mark the early life of 10-year-old Mary (Dixie Egerickx). David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Secret Garden': Film Review," 5 Aug. 2020 The explosion sent a shockwave pulsing through the city and left behind a trail of death and destruction in a country already ravaged by COVID-19 and economic unrest. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "The explosives in your neighborhood are hidden by the EPA," 5 Aug. 2020 Demonstrators are also mad at the use of tear gas by police multiple times over the summer to tamp down unrest. Gillian Flaccus, Star Tribune, "Chief: Violent Portland protests detract from message," 5 Aug. 2020 Protests against police brutality erupted in Portland May 29 as unrest swept many U.S. cities after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "With federal agents off the streets, Portland protesters refocus," 4 Aug. 2020 More than 100 people were arrested, and some 45 police officers were injured in unrest following the main demonstration. Toby Axelrod, sun-sentinel.com, "Neo-Nazi supporters rally against coronavirus restrictions," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unrest

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrest was in the 14th century

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9 Aug 2020

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“Unrest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrest. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unrest

: a situation in which many of the people in a country are angry and hold protests or act violently


un·​rest | \ ˌən-ˈrest How to pronounce unrest (audio) \

Kids Definition of unrest

: a disturbed or uneasy state political unrest

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