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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An uneasy or troubled condition: social unrest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of rest or repose; unquietness; sleeplessness; uneasiness; disquietude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To disturb; deprive of rest.
  • n. Lack of rest or quietude, physical or mental.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of restless agitation
  • n. a state of agitation or turbulent change or development

Etymologies

From un- + rest. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Tibetan exile groups say security forces fired on crowds of civilians, killing at least eight people. The violence comes weeks after unrest swept through Tibetan areas and Beijing responded with a security crackdown.
    Protests were peaceful initially, but later turned violent and ethnic Chinese were targeted. Tibetan exile groups say Chinese security forces killed dozens of protesters. Beijing says about 19 people were killed in rioting."
    - 'China confirms new Tibetan riots', BBC website, 4 April 2008.

    April 5, 2008

  • As in "It's people like you what cause unrest.".

    November 25, 2007