un·​rest ˌən-ˈrest How to pronounce unrest (audio)
: 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 Her early work was influenced by civil and racial unrest, and had patent and profound political and social tones. Yahya Salem, CNN, 14 Apr. 2024 Linear ratings are in decline and ad demand has been muted for several quarters owing to economic unrest and changes in how Madison Avenue outlays its dollars for media. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 8 Apr. 2024 Since October 2019, millions of Chileans have taken to the streets in waves of protests and civil unrest dubbed el estallido social, or the social outburst. Richard Villegas, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2024 The new law follows an earlier national security law imposed by Beijing in 2020 after social unrest gripped the city in 2019. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune Asia, 27 Mar. 2024 Its most ambitious undertaking, the FAME Renaissance Center, opened in 2001 to house the church’s economic development arm, which was intended to create jobs and provide hope in a neighborhood that had been depressed by civil unrest. Gayle Pollard-Terry, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Already unpopular after taking power in 2022 amid political unrest, Peru’s unelected president now has an approval rating of just 9%, thanks to a scandal over her collection of luxury goods. Nick Rockel, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 The good start aside, the conditions that have led to fan unrest remain. Mirjam Swanson, Orange County Register, 4 Apr. 2024 In June 2022, months before unrest swept the country, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave a speech that seemed to forecast the crackdown. Nilo Tabrizy, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unrest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrest. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​rest ˌən-ˈrest How to pronounce unrest (audio)
: lack of rest : a disturbed or uneasy state : turmoil

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