Definition of unrest in US English:



  • 1A state of dissatisfaction, disturbance, and agitation in a group of people, typically involving public demonstrations or disorder.

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