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 Political unrest among South Africans has been exacerbated by a worsening Covid-19 crisis and an overtaxed health care system. Aj Willingham, CNN, 14 July 2021 Caught up in a race against time, Beckett must make his way to the American embassy on the other side of the country to clear his name, avoiding both the authorities and ongoing political unrest along the way. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2021 Will this episode of food inflation end with its own Arab Spring somewhere in the world, a period of political unrest that reshapes global politics for at least the next decade? Joseph W. Sullivan, National Review, 11 June 2021 Huntington Beach has dealt with wild parties, drunken melees and political unrest. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2021 Empathy also involves staying on top of important events happening outside of work, like social movements, natural disasters and political unrest. Eva Majercsik, Forbes, 20 May 2021 There also migrants coming from other countries, like Haiti and Cameroon, who are fleeing political unrest. Rebecca Morin, USA Today, 8 May 2021 Japan approved of the migration even though most Koreans in the country were from the South, which was mired in political unrest. New York Times, 5 May 2021 But following growing economic instability and political unrest in the region, this fairytale construction story would turn grim. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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17 Jul 2021

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“Unrest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrest. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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