Definition of uproar
: a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance
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.
Recent Examples of uproar from the Web
Now, because of the uproar over landfills there and elsewhere, thousands of carcasses from the eradication zone will be shipped on a bizarre journey.
The ordinance comes after an uproar in 2013 about black pet coke, a byproduct of oil refining, dust blowing off piles at another riverfront site and into and around their homes in 2013.
Trinity College placed a college professor on leave after his social media posts caused an uproar that shut down the bucolic Hartford, Conn., campus last week.
One issue causing uproar is that Collins, who has a history of anorexia, lost weight for the role.
In fact, there was a huge uproar about her using her status to overshadow some of the students that couldn't contact supermodels for help.
The move caused an uproar among Komen supporters and was largely viewed as a public relations disaster.
In response to the uproar, many mocked the controversy online, including Keith Olbermann.
The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun caused an international uproar as images of the aftermath, including quivering children dying on camera, were widely broadcast.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1526See Words from the same year
UPROAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of uproar for English Language Learners
: a situation in which many people are upset, angry, or disturbed by something
UPROAR Defined for Kids
Definition of uproar for Students
: 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
History for uproar
In spite of appearances, the -roar part of the word uproar has no historical connection with the sound made by some animals. In Dutch oproer means “revolt, uprising,” having been compounded from op, “up,” and roer, “motion.” When the word was taken into English, its Dutch meaning was kept at first, but its spelling was altered to fit already familiar English words. English speakers assumed that the -roar in uproar did indeed refer to loud cries, and so the word went from meaning “uprising” to “a state of commotion.”
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