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

Definition of unrest

: a disturbed or uneasy state : turmoil

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 Moscow is using gas flows as an economic weapon to sow division and unrest among Ukraine’s Western allies. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 27 July 2022 The struggle between the two factions resulted in more than 3,500 deaths, as Northern Ireland endured years of bombings, shootings and unrest that at times appeared intractable. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 He was also wanted by the regime for allegedly inciting unrest because of social media posts criticizing the coup. Helen Regan, CNN, 24 July 2022 During ethnic unrest last year, set off by the latest Gaza war, Ramla was one of several mixed cities where there was fighting between Arab and Jewish citizens. New York Times, 23 July 2022 The United Nations warned of potential famine and political unrest. Arkansas Online, 23 July 2022 And experts say the pandemic, racial violence and political unrest are behind an uptick in suicides across the country. Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 The United Nations warned of potential famine and political unrest. BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2022 For months Europe has accused Russia of reducing Europe's gas supplies in an attempt to hike prices and sow political division that some worried could spill onto unrest in the streets. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 21 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unrest

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrest. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of unrest

: a disturbed or uneasy state political unrest

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