Definition of unrest in English:


Line breaks: un¦rest
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈrɛst


[mass noun]
  • 1A state of dissatisfaction, disturbance, and agitation, typically involving public demonstrations or disorder: years of industrial unrest
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    • It is obviously afraid that the decision could lead to public unrest or international protest.
    • Correspondents say it was the worst day of public unrest in Lebanon for a decade.
    • The resulting policy of economic austerity caused unrest and demonstrations.
    disruption, disturbance, agitation, upset, trouble, turmoil, tumult, disorder, chaos, anarchy, turbulence, uproar; discord, dissension, dissent, strife, protest, sedition, rebellion, uprising, rioting; dissatisfaction, discontent, discontentment, disaffection, unease, anxiety, anguish, disquiet
    informal ructions
  • 1.1A feeling of disturbance and dissatisfaction in a person: the frenzy and unrest of her own life
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    • It does not point to the type of fear that gives unrest, confusion, anxiety and no sense of peace.
    • Upstairs, though the T.V. was inaudible, an old man with a club caused much greater unrest.
    • Her inability to express her own vision caused her unrest.

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