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unrest

[uhn-rest] /ʌnˈrɛst/
noun
1.
lack of rest; a restless, troubled, or uneasy state; disquiet:
the unrest within himself.
2.
disturbance or turmoil; agitation:
political unrest.
Origin of unrest
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at un-1, rest1
Related forms
unresting, adjective
Synonyms
2. ferment, discord, turbulence.
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  • The sound disturbed him, bringing premonitions of the city's unrest.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Italy in 1899 was passing through a period of humiliation and unrest.

  • This was a realm of unrest and tempest, which the devils claimed as belonging to themselves.

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  • It was not the rights or wrongs, or the significance of it, that inspired his unrest.

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  • Hassim had learned also that the Settlement was in a state of unrest as if on the eve of war.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for unrest

unrest

/ʌnˈrɛst/
noun
1.
a troubled or rebellious state of discontent
2.
an uneasy or troubled state
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Word Origin and History for unrest
n.

mid-14c., from un- (2) + rest (n.). Cf. West Frisian onrest, Middle Low German unreste, German unrast, Middle Dutch onruste.

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