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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
Recent Examples on the Web Speaking with reporters in Berlin Wednesday after meeting with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, Ms. Tikhanovskaya said the role women have played in the uprising was as determined as it was unexpected. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "In Belarus, Women Led the Protests and Shattered Stereotypes," 11 Oct. 2020 Even in a year where no plan is safe from the pandemic, and no industry is safe from racial uprising, life doesn’t stop, and planners gonna plan. Quinci Legardye, Wired, "In a World Gone Mad, Paper Planners Offer Order and Delight," 8 Oct. 2020 Then the team that limped offensively in the playoffs, other than one offensive uprising during a slugfest against the Cardinals, recaptured midseason form. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres fight to end but fall short in NLDS Game 2 against Dodgers," 7 Oct. 2020 The 2019 uprising began at the National Institute, Chile’s oldest and most famous public high school, housed in a gray and unlovely building just a few blocks from the Presidential Palace, in Santiago. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "Chile at the Barricades," 5 Oct. 2020 From her second-floor apartment off Powderhorn Park, Lena Gardner watched the uprising on Unicorn Riot. Star Tribune, "Lives, on the line," 2 Oct. 2020 The most recent uprising intensified in August after Jacob Blake, another African American man, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Chris Wallace mentions 'white supremacy' more in connection to riots than antifa and BLM at presidential debate," 30 Sep. 2020 In the 1971 uprising at Attica State Prison near Buffalo, New York, prisoners, most of them Black and Puerto Rican men, demanded an end to physical abuse by the white prison guards and better living conditions. Accra Shepp, The New York Review of Books, "‘The Story I’m Telling’: An Interview with Archie Shepp," 29 Sep. 2020 This uprising is about protecting Black lives and fighting against police violence. Washington Post, "Women’s March plans return to D.C. in October to protest Supreme Court nomination," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of uprising

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 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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