up·​ris·​ing | \ ˈəp-ˌrī-ziŋ How to pronounce uprising (audio) \

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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About 70,000 people have been killed since that uprising and a subsequent Indian military crackdown. Washington Post, "India arrests senior Kashmir leader under controversial law," 16 Sep. 2019 About 70,000 people have been killed since that uprising and a subsequent Indian military crackdown. NBC News, "At least 2,300 detained in locked-down Indian-ruled Kashmir," 21 Aug. 2019 About 70,000 people have been killed since that uprising and a subsequent Indian military crackdown. Aijaz Hussain, BostonGlobe.com, "Kashmir police say thousands detained in crackdown in region," 20 Aug. 2019 About 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian crackdown. Anchorage Daily News, "Unrest feared after India revokes Kashmir’s special status," 5 Aug. 2019 One upshot of the uprising though has been the geyser of colorful and vibrant artwork that has dominated both the streets and Sudanese social media. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Sudan’s street protests have inspired another revolution—in art," 12 July 2019 This year’s Pride month, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, felt like one of the biggest so far -- and the stats confirm it. Kirsten Spruch, Billboard, "6 Steps to Supporting the LGBTQ Community as an Ally After Pride Month," 10 July 2019 Editor's Note: This article is part of a series about the gay-rights movement and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "How Schools Reinvigorated the Stonewall Revolution," 9 July 2019 Freedom, peace, and justice were both the chants and the goals of the Sudan uprising. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Sudan’s military and civilian opposition have reached a power-sharing deal," 5 July 2019

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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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