up·​ris·​ing | \ˈəp-ˌrī-ziŋ \

Definition of uprising 

: an act or instance of rising up especially : a usually localized act of popular violence in defiance usually of an established government

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rebellion, revolution, uprising, revolt, insurrection, mutiny mean an outbreak against authority. rebellion implies an open formidable resistance that is often unsuccessful. open rebellion against the officers revolution applies to a successful rebellion resulting in a major change (as in government). a political revolution that toppled the monarchy uprising implies a brief, limited, and often immediately ineffective rebellion. quickly put down the uprising revolt and insurrection imply an armed uprising that quickly fails or succeeds. a revolt by the Young Turks that surprised party leaders an insurrection of oppressed laborers mutiny applies to group insubordination or insurrection especially against naval authority. a mutiny led by the ship's cook

Examples of uprising in a Sentence

The government quickly put down the uprising. the uprising was quickly and brutally suppressed

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Some 1,104 people died during the uprising, the vast majority after Ceausescu's ouster when Iliescu had taken power. Fox News, "Romanian prosecutors indict ex-leader for revolution deaths," 17 Apr. 2018 Riots swept the nation, both the largest of the wave of annual multi-city uprisings in the ’60s, and the last such outbreak for decades. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Fear of a Black 'Messiah'," 8 Apr. 2018 This is King navigating hecklers, cynics, and detractors; fighting for the gospel of nonviolence amid bloody uprisings in cities across America, and against the rising tide of black power, as espoused by younger leaders like Stokely Carmichael. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "HBO’s King in the Wilderness Takes On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Act," 30 Mar. 2018 After witnessing uprisings in Nicaragua and El Salvador, Meiselas shifted her focus to other parts of the world, especially to Kurdistan. David D’arcy, SFChronicle.com, "Susan Meiselas photography retrospective at SFMOMA," 12 July 2018 Libya was plunged into chaos following a 2011 uprising. NBC News, "Hundreds of migrants stranded in Mediterranean as Italy, Malta close ports," 11 June 2018 Where this ad truly starts punching emotional buttons is down the home stretch starting just after some very dark imagery used to evoke the uprising in 2015 in Baltimore. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "Rating the TV ads for governor: Hogan has a winner, Baker's a loser with his Baltimore pitch," 7 June 2018 Since then, authorities have waged a sweeping crackdown on dissent, jailing thousands of Islamists as well as many of the prominent secular activists behind the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Samy Magdy, BostonGlobe.com, "Egypt’s president begins 2nd term amid crackdown on dissent," 2 June 2018 Libya has been torn by war and terrorism since the 2011 uprising that overthrew the dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi. Suliman Ali Zway, New York Times, "Suicide Attack Targets Electoral Commission in Libya," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of uprising

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of uprising

: a usually violent effort by many people to change the government or leader of a country


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