a troubled or disturbed state; restlessness; disquiet; uneasiness; specif., a condition of angry discontent and protest verging on revolt
- An uneasy or troubled condition; unease or discontent: voter unrest over the scandal.
- A condition of social disturbance, often involving demonstrations or rioting: “Superiors gave their officers carteblanche to quash unrest with indiscriminate force” (Neil Bascomb).
(usually uncountable, plural unrests)
From un- + rest.