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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Authorities said 81 people were injured, 22 of them law enforcement officials, in the worst unrest the city has seen in decades. Amy Gunia, Time, "Hong Kong Suspends Controversial China Extradition Bill After Massive Protests," 15 June 2019 Arsenal are preparing for one of the most difficult transitional periods in their long and proud history, with Arsène Wenger's 22-year reign at the club coming to an end following years of unrest in the stands over his seemingly untouchable tenure. SI.com, "Arsenal Should Sell Mesut Ozil as Soon as Possible to End Lingering Reminder of Wenger Era," 26 May 2018 In the years leading up to 1969, places like the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles and the city of Detroit had seen massive unrest in black communities. Time, "Was Stonewall a Riot, an Uprising or a Rebellion?," 24 June 2019 Amidst the political unrest in Nigeria in 1978, Courtney's father immigrated to the United States. Jessica Ciosek, refinery29.com, ""I Feel Like Every Girl Should Play Sports"," 20 June 2019 Zakouma had a tremendous comeback after enduring civil unrest in the region. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "17 unforgettable African safaris," 14 June 2019 Council's vote came just hours after news broke Wednesday that Health Gap founder Dwight Tillery had threatened civil unrest in texts to some Council members last year during the clash between Mayor John Cranley and then-City Manager Harry Black. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Cincinnati City Council quietly approves $750,000 for Health Gap. 'Moment of real change' or more of the same?," 14 June 2019 The $12 million youth fund was first proposed by Young after the massive unrest sparked by the 2015 death of a young, black man fatally injured in police custody. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Amid scandal, audit into Baltimore nonprofit’s work ordered," 12 Apr. 2019 Kimberly Burrus founded the nonprofit Blue Love Across America after the unrest in Baltimore in 2015 to improve relations between police and citizens. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "State's attorney won't press charges against police commanders," 11 July 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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