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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The unrest and tear gas aren’t simply the US government’s response to the arrival of the caravan. Dara Lind, Vox, "How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos," 26 Nov. 2018 As Britain's scheduled exit date from the EU—Friday, March 29—draws closer, contingency plans are being put in place for a no-deal Brexit, including what should happen to the royal family in the event of civil unrest in London. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "There's a Secret Plan in Place to Evacuate Queen Elizabeth in the Event of Brexit Riots," 4 Feb. 2019 The San Ysidro Port of Entry, the biggest official border crossing into the US, remained completely shut down in both directions during the unrest and for hours afterward. Dara Lind, Vox, "How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos," 26 Nov. 2018 At least seven people were killed and dozens of businesses were looted during the unrest. Ezequiel Abiu Lopez And Evens Sanon, chicagotribune.com, "Haiti's prime minister resigns after plan to raise fuel prices sparked deadly protests," 14 July 2018 The event will take place at 12th Street Memorial and Pavilion, a project that features a public gathering space outside of the recreation center and a steel memorial marker that bears the names of the people known to have died during the unrest. Detroit Free Press, "For the 51st anniversary of rebellion, a free screening of '12th and Clairmount'," 13 July 2018 But the office’s 103 deputies also help police, and were deployed on the streets during the unrest of 2015. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Incumbent John Anderson well ahead in race to secure Democratic nomination for Baltimore sheriff," 27 June 2018 One woman invoked the riots that rocked the city in 1992, saying that the same neighborhood had been left undefended by police during the unrest. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "Amid booing, Koreatown shelter plan moves forward at City Hall," 22 May 2018 At least 21 people have been killed during the unrest, including two members of the security forces. Grant Smith And Heesu Lee, Houston Chronicle, "Oil rises as Trump tells buyers to cut back on Iranian crude," 9 May 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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