upheaval

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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

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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

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noun up·heav·al \ˌəp-ˈhē-vəl\

Definition of upheaval for Students

  1. :  a period of great change or violent disorder



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