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

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

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Grasas began the project in 2011, at the dawn of the democratic uprisings that came to be known as the Arab Spring. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "Where the Holy Land Meets the Modern World," 12 July 2018 After the 1967 uprising, Deeb met with leaders from New Detroit Inc., the Detroit Urban League and the NAACP to form a coalition to improve relations between Araband Chaldean store owners and citizens. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "This Detroiter's path leads directly to a Belle Isle honor," 6 July 2018 Seven years on, Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces are fighting the dregs of that uprising and President Bashar al-Assad's victory is all but assured. Louisa Loveluck, chicagotribune.com, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 On the day of the uprising, Profaci says Charlie Building, where Floyd was attacked, had four guards for 127 inmates. CBS News, "Deadly uprising at Delaware prison highlights widespread understaffing problem," 7 July 2018 The Syrian army’s steady march into the south – famed as the birthplace of the country’s uprising in 2011 – has been hastened by a string of rebel surrenders, the militants often striking deals with their conquerors at the last minute. Louisa Loveluck, The Seattle Times, "Syrian rebels in surrender talks for southwest as civilians flee toward closed borders," 3 July 2018 In 2013, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was overthrown by the military after just one year by the same kind of Arab Spring uprising that had brought him to power. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 3 July 2018 And second, these are the kinds of uprisings that break leadership teams. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "The House is revolting," 25 May 2018 Numbers show that Arizona's teachers could be contenders for one of the biggest teacher uprisings so far this year. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "How big have Arizona teacher rallies been? 5 numbers to put it in perspective," 28 Apr. 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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