uprising

noun

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

Example Sentences

The government quickly put down the uprising. the uprising was quickly and brutally suppressed
Recent Examples on the Web The nationwide uprising was first ignited by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman who died in mid-September after being detained by the country's morality police. Jomana Karadsheh And Celine Alkhaldi, CNN, 1 Dec. 2022 Before the uprising, Iran was already under extensive sanctions, among the most of any country. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2022 The rest of us should welcome this Chinese uprising against Party control, even if it is mainly aimed at zero-Covid. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Nov. 2022 The uprising stemmed in part from frustration with unpaid wages and fears of COVID infections spreading throughout the plant, which employees have not been able to leave since mid-October. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2022 Among the most irreversible effects of the government’s efforts to crush the uprising has been the blinding of people taking part in them. Cora Engelbrecht, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Nov. 2022 Among the most irreversible effects of the government’s efforts to crush the uprising has been the blinding of people taking part in them. Cora Engelbrecht, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2022 And offers did come her way after the apartheid drama A Dry White Season, including a film about George Jackson, the Black Panther activist shot and killed during an escape attempt at San Quentin in 1971 — igniting the Attica Prison uprising. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Nov. 2022 The event became the first LGBTQ uprising in Wisconsin history and happened roughly eight years prior to New York's Stonewall riots in 1969. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 5 Dec. 2022.

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uprising

noun

up·​ris·​ing ˈəp-ˌrī-ziŋ How to pronounce uprising (audio)
: an act or instance of rising up

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