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

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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Recent Examples on the Web That caused an uproar among some in Wallowa County who feared the development would sully both the view and the culture of the community. oregonlive, "Public access to views above Wallowa Lake are one step closer to reality," 22 Jan. 2020 The remark caused an uproar among social media users, with many calling for a boycott of Too Face Cosmetics in response to the comment. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Too Faced Cosmetics Creator Fires Own Sister Following Transphobic Remark About Nikkie de Jager," 14 Jan. 2020 When the defence argued that Grace had consented to this act, there was uproar: How can someone consent to being murdered? refinery29.com, "He Spat, Slapped & Choked Me: How Sex With My Boyfriend Turned Into Abuse," 15 Jan. 2020 After a minor uproar (#someoneismadontheInternet), the group that oversee’s the Internet’s domain name system, ICANN, has delayed the sale of the registry that controls .org. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Stop Saying Social Media Has Changed Everything," 16 Dec. 2019 The film caused a social media uproar, making names out of its stars and winning rom-com lovers over with its lighthearted spirit and refreshingly unjaded take on young love. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You," 12 Dec. 2019 After a massive public uproar, however, the president signed an order in June to stop the practice. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S. planned to separate 26,000 migrant families before outcry over "zero tolerance" policy," 27 Nov. 2019 Before the operation, and after word had gotten out, there was an uproar: Could the United States really abandon the Kurds in this way, standing aside for the Turks? Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Turkey, NATO, and a Shifting World," 7 Nov. 2019 There also was a recent uproar among residents over a developer’s plan to build a 577-unit housing complex in South L.A. without any affordable units, prompting Wesson to publicly oppose the project. Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times, "Gentrification is the new litmus test to be elected county supervisor in South L.A.," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of uproar was in 1526

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“Uproar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uproar. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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