Unrest is an uneasy, agitated, or disturbed condition. Strikes and public protests are often part of social and political unrest.

There's a personal, small-scale kind of unrest, like the unrest caused at a birthday party by one extremely unhappy child, or the unrest that results from a class clown's practical jokes. Then there's the societal unrest that results in angry public demonstrations. Unsafe working conditions might lead to unrest among laborers, and a government's authoritarian rule often results in unrest too, with citizens marching in the streets.

Definitions of unrest

n a state of agitation or turbulent change or development

“social unrest
agitation, ferment, fermentation, tempestuousness
Type of:
Sturm und Drang, turbulence, upheaval
a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

n a feeling of restless agitation

Type of:
the feeling of being agitated; not calm

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