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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If Qaddafi had put down the uprising in Benghazi, the rebellion might have ended altogether. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "The Moral Logic of Humanitarian Intervention," 9 Sep. 2019 About 70,000 people have been killed since that uprising and in the subsequent Indian military crackdown. Washington Post, "Landline phones back in Kashmir, but calls don’t go through," 7 Sep. 2019 The uprising in Westminster came even though British political parties enforce discipline far more strictly than their US counterparts. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, "Brexit uprising poses contrast to the GOP," 7 Sep. 2019 The abuse and corruption that caused the uprising in 2011 have only worsened. The Economist, "Syria’s war is drawing to a close. But the pain will go on," 5 Sep. 2019 Then, after a peasant uprising in 1831, people began adding to the site in remembrance of dead rebels. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 In response to the largest popular uprising in Hong Kong, police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets regularly at protesters, some of whom throw bricks and gasoline bombs in return. Alice Su, Los Angeles Times, "Hong Kong protests: Hundreds of thousands spill out of pro-democracy rally and march across the city," 18 Aug. 2019 For Sama is a missive from a young mother, Waad al-Kateab, to her daughter, elegantly telling the story of al-Kateab’s life through five harrowing years of the uprising in her beloved Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city. Brian Stewart, National Review, "For Sama: A Chronicle of the Syrian Tragedy," 10 Aug. 2019 The Reds put together a five-run uprising in the second and took a 7-4 lead on Dave Concepción’s two-run homer in the third. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 23, July 25, 1974 – Birth of Marty Brennaman's famous line?," 1 Aug. 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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