upheaval

play
noun up·heav·al \ˌəp-ˈhē-vəl, (ˌ)ə-ˈpē-\

Definition of upheaval

  1. 1 :  the action or an instance of upheaving especially of part of the earth's crust

  2. 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.

1838

First Known Use of upheaval

1838


UPHEAVAL Defined for English Language Learners

upheaval

play
noun up·heav·al \ˌəp-ˈhē-vəl, (ˌ)ə-ˈpē-\

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

play
noun up·heav·al \ˌəp-ˈhē-vəl\

Definition of upheaval for Students

  1. :  a period of great change or violent disorder



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up upheaval? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a side road used to avoid a toll

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • snowflake-closeup
  • Which is a synonym of imprecate?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ