• WordNet 3.6
    • n unrest a feeling of restless agitation
    • n unrest a state of agitation or turbulent change or development "the political ferment produced new leadership","social unrest"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Unrest Want of rest or repose; unquietness; sleeplessness; uneasiness; disquietude. "Is this, quoth she, the cause of your unrest !""Can calm despair and wild unrest Be tenants of a single breast?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unrest Lack of rest or quietude, physical or mental.
    • unrest To disturb; deprive of rest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Unrest un-rest′ want of rest: disquiet of mind or body
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  • Andre Gide
    “The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.”
  • Joseph A. Schumpeter
    Joseph A. Schumpeter
    “Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
    “Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.”
  • Don Marquis
    “A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.”


In literature:

It is a modification of the scheme by which the medieval woman sought to escape unrest.
"The Business of Being a Woman" by Ida M. Tarbell
The truth appears to be that he came to the throne as the leader of a palace revolution at a time of great unrest.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
He found a deserted house, but its solitude was too noisy for his unrest.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
In his mind still worked and seethed the unresting ferment which had become a torment.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
You have sown unrest, and must not be surprised if neurasthenia is the harvest thereof.
"The House of the Vampire" by George Sylvester Viereck
Let me now turn to our second question: internal political unrest.
"Essays in Liberalism" by Various
But when she had passed, he again followed, now with even greater unrest and pain at his heart.
"Sunrise" by William Black
A wailing note came from the north, a sighing vague with a portent of force; a whisper of unrest, a promise of fury.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
This produced great native unrest, especially in the provinces by the upper Yangtze.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
The unrest in the Southern States, nevertheless, although it had been temporarily quelled by force, was not long in reasserting itself.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel

In poetry:

Fill music's ways
With creaking cries,
That no loud praise
May climb the skies;
And on my labouring chest
Lay mountains of unrest.
"The Asthmatic To The Satan That Binds Him" by George MacDonald
And along the strands I'm passing
Listening, waiting, in unrest,
That she from the reeds may issue
And fall, gently, on my breast;
"The Lake" by Mihai Eminescu
Sweet peace and love, on that dread morn
Gave place to sad unrest,
And hate, became with pride and scorn,
The tennants of the breast.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
"O kind allurers, wisely sent,
Beguiling with benign intent,
Still move us, through divine unrest,
To seek the loveliest and the best!
"The Seeking Of The Waterfall" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Silence (in truth) would speak my sorrow best,
For, deepest wounds can least their feelings tell;
Yet, let me borrow from mine own unrest,
But time to bid him, whom I lov'd, farewel.
"Tears At The Grave Of Sir Albertus Morton (Who Was Buried At Southampton) Wept" by Sir Henry Wotton
At home with the mother that loves him best,
With the hearts that have ached with sad unrest,
With the hearts that are thrilling with untold joy
Because we have found our wandering boy.
"Wanderer's Return" by Frances Ellen Watkins

In news:

Unrest – Malcolm X Park.
The allegations date back to the unrest in Bahrian last year.
The Occupy Wall Street protest recently reached its one-year anniversary, and it's fitting that the civil unrest that marked 2011 fueled some of the most compelling music of 2012.
0Mitt Romney is using the unrest in the Middle East and Barack Obama's interview on "60 Minutes" to challenge the president's foreign policy.
The unrest has tested the president's efforts to seek ethnic reconciliation.
Myanmar 's Suu Kyi wants gov't action on unrest.
NM National Guard troops in Egypt as unrest grows.
China mining company causes unrest in Niger .
North Africa 's Unrest Alters 2012 Campaign.
Arab unrest, high food prices cast pall on Ramadan.
Have spending cuts played a role in unrest.
Egypt's ruling generals say the country's parliamentary elections set to start Monday won't be postponed despite days of unrest.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's prime minister is defending his decision to raise prices for household fuel, four days after the move sparked unrest that left one person killed and scores wounded.
Putin Plans to Roll Out Version 2.0 to Stem Russian Unrest.
Shareholder Unrest Continues at Romania's Oltchim.

In science:

In this period the Brazilian economy has experienced periods of political and economical unrest, of hyperinflation, of currency crises and of ma jor regulatory changes.
Underlying Dynamics of Typical Fluctuations of an Emerging Market Price Index: The Heston Model from Minutes to Months
Hence periods of unrest may prevail before a social cluster tries to reorganize itself if the cluster contains several conflicting sub-domains with scarce shared resources.
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space