up·​roar | \ ˈəp-ˌrȯr How to pronounce uproar (audio) \

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.
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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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“Uproar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uproar. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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up·​roar | \ ˈəp-ˌrȯr How to pronounce uproar (audio) \

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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