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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At least 113 people have been killed, more than 1,000 injured and hundreds arrested since the political uprising began in mid-April, according to human rights groups. Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "Amid worsening violence, Nicaraguans say crisis has reached 'catastrophic' proportions," 5 June 2018 Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi was killed in an uprising several years later. Fortune, "U.S. Delegation and North Korean Officials Talking in Preparation for Summit," 27 May 2018 The walkouts are the climax of an uprising that began weeks ago with the grassroots #RedforEd movement that spread from West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky. CBS News, "Teacher walkouts in Arizona, Colorado closing schools as educators demand more funding," 26 Apr. 2018 International Women’s Day, observed on March 8, has its roots in an uprising of female Russian textile workers just over a century ago. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Museum Tour is the Perfect Guide to Celebrating Women’s History in Style," 28 Feb. 2018 When economic hardship deepened after the split with South Sudan, protests inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings broke out in the country as early as 2012. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Sudan leader’s iron grip finally slips amid protests," 12 Apr. 2019 That same year, another fateful event happened across the country, when a rising star in the Nazi party named Adolf Hitler suffered an embarrassing defeat in Munich as his Beer Hall Putch uprising was foiled by local authorities. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Albert then sets the political scene of 1848, explaining that uprisings are taking place across Europe, specifically naming Berlin and Vienna, in addition to France. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Victoria Sneak Peek: Watch as the Queen Learns of the French Revolution," 8 Jan. 2019 The country is also still righting itself after the economic shock of the 2010-2011 uprising. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Nation That Sparked Arab Spring Finds Itself a Springboard for Illegal Migration," 27 Aug. 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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