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

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Instead, the conversation is revolving around unsigned players and labor unrest—not exactly the topics baseball was hoping for. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s All-Unemployed Team," 11 Feb. 2019 Most of the people are reportedly fleeing poverty and political unrest from their home country. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Trump declares 'NO MORE' DACA deal after report of caravan with Central Americans heading to US," 2 Oct. 2018 In the last few years, an era of social activism and political unrest encoded in hashtags — #Resist, #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter — has a soundtrack every bit as direct. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Greg Kot picks his top albums of 2018 ... so far," 6 July 2018 The setting this time is Great Britain; a pre-Brexit version, since there appear to be livestock in the fields and an absence of civil unrest and social breakdown. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 The young couple and their friends joined the ranks of more than 2,000 people arrested in Nicaragua in nearly four months of unrest and official crackdown. Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua," 10 Aug. 2018 But some ads in the new collection, including a few published by the page Black Matters, specifically target cities with a history of headlines about racial unrest and police brutality, like Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "House Democrats Release 3,300 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads," 10 May 2018 Still, the apology did little to quell unrest and now companies and users, including Elon Musk and Playboy, are boycotting the world’s largest social network in support of user privacy. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Watch: Steve Jobs Talked About the Importance of Privacy in Front of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg," 28 Mar. 2018 All were written shortly after the unrest and have been previously produced in Baltimore or New York. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Order up a black person to explain black experience? That's part of CCBC's 'Uprising Plays'," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unrest

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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