upheaval

noun up·heav·al \ ˌəp-ˈhē-vəl , (ˌ)ə-ˈpē- \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of upheaval

1 : the action or an instance of upheaving especially of part of the earth's crust
2 : extreme agitation or disorder : radical change; also : an instance of this

Examples of upheaval in a Sentence

  1. The civil rights movement marked a period of social upheaval in the U.S.

  2. the emotional upheaval of divorce

  3. a period of cultural and social upheavals

  4. The island was created by an upheaval of the ocean floor.

  5. The lake was formed by geologic upheaval.

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First Known Use of upheaval

1838

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UPHEAVAL Defined for English Language Learners

upheaval

Definition of upheaval for English Language Learners

  • : a major change or period of change that causes a lot of conflict, confusion, anger, etc.

  • : an occurrence in which a part of the Earth's surface moves up forcefully


UPHEAVAL Defined for Kids

upheaval

noun up·heav·al \ ˌəp-ˈhē-vəl \

Definition of upheaval for Students

: a period of great change or violent disorder


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