up·​roar | \ˈəp-ˌrȯr \

Definition of uproar 

: a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance

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Examples of uproar in a Sentence

There was a lot of public uproar over the proposed jail. There have been uproars in the past over similar proposals. The proposal caused an uproar. The town was in an uproar over the proposal to build a jail.
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But she didn’t get caught up in the uproar following the ceremony. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diana Gordon’s Story Is Bigger Than “Becky with the Good Hair”," 27 Aug. 2018 But Trump reversed course amid a public uproar that included condemnation from religious leaders, including Pope Francis. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "A church put Jesus, Mary and Joseph in ‘ICE detention’ to protest Trump’s immigration policies," 3 July 2018 Amid a national uproar, authorities jailed nine people on charges including embezzlement and homicide. Parth M.n., latimes.com, "When an Indian hospital was running out of oxygen, these doctors tried to help. So why were they sent to jail?," 29 June 2018 Trump halted the practice last week amid a public uproar. Fortune, "Prison Operators Could Cash In on ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy," 28 June 2018 The Homestead shelter, run by a private Florida contractor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has become a flash point in an uproar over President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. Alex Leary And Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Who's holding immigrants in Florida? Private vendors, feds and county sheriffs, too.," 29 June 2018 Maryland government retirees are in an uproar over changes coming to their prescription drug coverage after receiving letters from the Hogan Administration that some say are politically charged. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland government retirees in an uproar over looming change to prescription drug coverage," 21 June 2018 Trump has backed away from family separations amid bipartisan and international uproar. Ellen Knickmeyer, Houston Chronicle, "Protesters flood U.S. cities to fight Trump immigration policy," 30 June 2018 Yet when Heinz attempted to phase out salad cream altogether in 1999, the ensuing uproar from U.K. fans led them to keep it on shelves. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Why Heinz Is Renaming One of Its Most Iconic Salad Products to 'Sandwich Cream'," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of uproar

1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uproar

by folk etymology from Dutch oproer, from Middle Dutch, from op up (akin to Old English ūp) + roer motion; akin to Old English hrēran to stir

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English Language Learners Definition of uproar

: a situation in which many people are upset, angry, or disturbed by something


up·​roar | \ˈəp-ˌrȯr \

Kids Definition of uproar

: a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance Now the dining room was in an uproar … as the men jumped to their feet in confusion.— Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy

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