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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agitation, ferment, fermentation, tempestuousness, unrestnoun

    a state of agitation or turbulent change or development

    "the political ferment produced new leadership"; "social unrest"

  2. unrestnoun

    a feeling of restless agitation


  1. unrestnoun

    A state of trouble, confusion and turbulence, especially in a political context; a time of riots, demonstrations and protests.

  2. Etymology: From un- + rest.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unrestnoun

    Disquiet; want of tranquillity; unquietness.

    Wise behest, those creeping flames by reason to subdue,
    Before their rage grew to so great unrest. Fairy Queen.

    Repose, sweet gold, for their unrest,
    That have their alms out of the empress’ chest. William Shakespeare.

    Dismay’d confusion all possess’d;
    Th’ afflicted troop, hearing their plot descry’d:
    Then runs amaz’d distress, with sad unrest,
    To this, to that; to fly, to stand, to hide. Daniel.

    Silence, in truth, would speak my sorrows best;
    For deepest wounds, can least their feelings tell;
    Yet, let me borrow from mine own unrest,
    But time to bid him, whom I lov’d, farewell. Henry Wotton.

    Up they rose,
    As from unrest; and each the other viewing,
    Soon found their eyes how open’d, and their minds
    How darken’d! John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.


  1. unrest

    Unrest refers to a state of agitation, dissatisfaction, or disturbance within a group of individuals, often leading to protests, strikes, or other forms of discord or conflict. It is typically marked by disagreement, upheaval or volatility, often as a form of opposition against certain policies, conditions, or governing bodies. Unrest can occur in various settings, whether socioeconomic, political, or cultural.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unrestnoun

    want of rest or repose; unquietness; sleeplessness; uneasiness; disquietude


  1. Unrest

    Unrest is a sociological phenomenon, for instance: ⁕Industrial unrest ⁕Labor unrest ⁕Rebellion ⁕Riot ⁕Civil unrest

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unrest

    un-rest′, n. want of rest: disquiet of mind or body.—adj. Unrest′ful.—n. Unrest′fulness.—adj. Unrest′ing, not resting.—adv. Unrest′ingly.—n. Unrest′ingness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unrest in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unrest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of unrest in a Sentence

  1. Henry Van Dyke:

    Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.

  2. Todd Gilbert:

    Any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence, or civil unrest isn't welcome here, while we and our Democratic colleagues may have differences, we are all Virginians and we will stand united in opposition to any threats of violence or civil unrest from any quarter.

  3. George Floyd:

    Philonise Floyd appeared Wednesday before House Judiciary CommitteeHouse for an oversight hearing on policing and law enforcement accountability. The testimony came after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis police custody in late May, an event that has sparked a national outcry along with sustained protests and civil unrest over the issue of police misconduct and racial injustice, as well as calls for Congress to act.In the wake of national protests and unrest, House and Senate Democrats have unveiled sweeping police reform legislation, while Senate Republicans are also now working to craft their own reform proposal. It remains unclear, however, whether there will be enough bipartisan support for anything to pass through both chambers of Congress. The path to any kind of bipartisan compromise is expected to be difficult as well with congressional Republicans already sounding skeptical of a number of proposals that Senate Democrats are pushing. In Senate Republicans testimony, George Floyd brother referenced the mass protests unfolding across the United States and urged policing reform and accountability. Read More.

  4. Joseph Schumpeter:

    Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.

  5. Med Jones:

    The main difference in the speed of recovery between Argentina in post-2001 and Thailand in post-1997 crises is the exports. Fiscal discipline is necessary but not sufficient without export-driven economic growth. Too much debt can result in prolonged stagnation similar to the Japanese lost-decade of 1990s. With inflation risk on the rise, we could see more socioeconomic troubles and political unrest in economies with thin middle class. 2011-2012 will be challenging for many policy makers.

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