up·​ris·​ing ˈəp-ˌrī-ziŋ How to pronounce uprising (audio)
: an act or instance of rising up
especially : a usually localized act of popular violence in defiance usually of an established government
Choose the Right Synonym for uprising

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

Example Sentences

The government quickly put down the uprising. the uprising was quickly and brutally suppressed
Recent Examples on the Web Their fierce uprising erupted last fall, after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was arrested by the morality police for not fully complying with the government’s antiquated dress code, and died three days later in police custody. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 19 Jan. 2023 Of course, the same video underscores how Atlas could one day replace human workers (or possibly lead a robot uprising against mankind). PCMAG, 18 Jan. 2023 Prosecutors say Croft didn't just want to kidnap Whitmer, but also wanted to spark a violent uprising against the government. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2022 On Monday, protesters launched a three-day general strike, designed to show that their uprising was never only about the restrictions placed on women. Ciara Nugent, Time, 8 Dec. 2022 Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported Putin struck a deal with pariah state Iran, currently facing its own uprising, to procure cruise missiles capable of striking targets as far as 700 kilometers away. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 17 Oct. 2022 Rosary-clutching nuns, priests, and civilians kneeled in front of them and stopped tanks deployed to crush the largely peaceful uprising. Jim Gomez And Joeal Calupitan, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Feb. 2022 The younger leader has tried to crush the uprising, issuing shoot-on-sight orders to Kazakh troops and summoning military assistance from Russia. James Marson, WSJ, 8 Jan. 2022 All three films were in the works well before the news about 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, whose September death while in police custody in Tehran sparked the recent uprising in Iran. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uprising was in the 13th century

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“Uprising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uprising. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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up·​ris·​ing ˈəp-ˌrī-ziŋ How to pronounce uprising (audio)
: an act or instance of rising up

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