noun up·roar \ˈəp-ˌrr\

: a situation in which many people are upset, angry, or disturbed by something

Full Definition of UPROAR

:  a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance

Examples of UPROAR

  1. There was a lot of public uproar over the proposed jail.
  2. There have been uproars in the past over similar proposals.
  3. The proposal caused an uproar.
  4. The town was in an uproar over the proposal to build a jail.

Origin of UPROAR

by folk etymology from Dutch oproer, from Middle Dutch, from op up (akin to Old English ūp) + roer motion; akin to Old English hrēran to stir
First Known Use: 1526


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