Definition of unrest in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A state of dissatisfaction, disturbance, and agitation, typically involving public demonstrations or disorder.

    ‘years of industrial unrest’
    • ‘Correspondents say it was the worst day of public unrest in Lebanon for a decade.’
    • ‘Last week's riot and the fear of further unrest has caused shopkeepers to shield their windows.’
    • ‘Most of our industrial unrest comes at a time that is most inconvenient to the customer or to the general consumer.’
    • ‘The unrest has left some 350 houses and public facilities charred or destroyed by fire.’
    • ‘The vote means the Government now faces industrial unrest over teacher workload on four separate fronts.’
    • ‘Given the fractured power structure in Indonesia, there is a real danger of civil unrest and anarchy.’
    • ‘The largest problems in terms of social unrest are those that result from traditional crimes and riots.’
    • ‘Industrial unrest over pay has hit Germany just as the finance ministers gather in Brussels.’
    • ‘However, worsening civil unrest in the troubled African nation saw her returning home after two months.’
    • ‘The recent tribal unrest in Kerala is not just the result of alienation from traditional land.’
    • ‘Any attempt to drag these senators through the courts will provoke further protests and unrest.’
    • ‘It is obviously afraid that the decision could lead to public unrest or international protest.’
    • ‘There was a marked increase in industrial unrest and in working days lost by strikes.’
    • ‘This constitution was not well accepted and was followed by a period of civil unrest and student riots.’
    • ‘By then, the city was noted for industrial decline and social unrest.’
    • ‘The play takes place amid growing civil unrest, initially taking the form of peace protests against an unjustified war.’
    • ‘True, rural and regional Australia remains a hotbed of unrest and anxiety about the future.’
    • ‘Tanks often attacked the outskirts of the city in skirmishes with resistance fighters, adding to the chaos and unrest.’
    • ‘The resulting policy of economic austerity caused unrest and demonstrations.’
    • ‘The court had been told that at the time Miss Lacy had been serving as part of a riot squad during unrest in Bradford.’
    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
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    1. 1.1A feeling of disturbance and dissatisfaction in a person.
      ‘the frenzy and unrest of her own life’
      • ‘Her inability to express her own vision caused her unrest.’
      • ‘Upstairs, though the T.V. was inaudible, an old man with a club caused much greater unrest.’
      • ‘His unrest was palpable, overriding the lucrative offers to produce more nostalgia in favor of following this higher calling.’
      • ‘It does not point to the type of fear that gives unrest, confusion, anxiety and no sense of peace.’
      • ‘In several poems that refer to her native Costa Rica, we begin to understand one of the reasons for her unrest and unhappiness.’