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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Hardline Brexiteers led the early uprising, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, a vocal anti-EU MP. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The no-confidence vote against Theresa May, explained," 12 Dec. 2018 Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for those fleeing poverty and civil war in Africa and the Middle East, as traffickers exploit the lawlessness and chaos that has engulfed the country since an uprising in 2011. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Rescue group: Libya left migrants to die in Mediterranean," 17 July 2018 After teetering on the brink of collapse, Egypt’s economy is growing at its fastest pace since the 2011 uprising. Ahmed Feteha, Bloomberg.com, "As Election Begins, El-Sisi Ponders How Hard to Push Egypt," 25 Mar. 2018 The mass exit came as Syrians marked seven years since the popular uprising that sparked their country's vicious civil war — and hours after Syrian government forces blanketed the town with airstrikes and rocket fire. Phillip Issa, chicagotribune.com, "Syria marks 7 years of war; thousands leave besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta," 15 Mar. 2018 Saudi Arabia sees Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, as key to prevent a repeat of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings that ousted several regional leaders and rattled the monarchies of the Gulf. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudi Prince Woos Mideast Allies Ahead of Tougher Test," 27 Nov. 2018 Preventing Gamal from succeeding his father was among the main drivers of a 2011 uprising that ended Mubarak's 29-year rule, as well as the military's support for it. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Egypt court upholds corruption conviction of Mubarak, sons," 22 Sep. 2018 The demonstrations are planned to take place from August 21 to September 9, which marks the anniversary of the bloody uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York. German Lopez, Vox, "America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states," 17 Aug. 2018 The amount of charcoal in the sediment cores suddenly increases by two orders of magnitude in those layers, which happens to coincide with historical records of open warfare in the Quijos just after the largest of the uprisings. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland," 17 July 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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