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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Still, the public uproar over the 3-D Kim puzzle shows there is a limit to the North Korean leader’s rapid public-relations transformation. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un’s Extreme Makeover Plays Well in South Korea, for Now," 28 Nov. 2018 Benalla, who initially stayed in his job before a public uproar led to his dismissal, has since faced initial charges, including committing violent acts and impersonating a police officer. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "French president pushes for new changes as criticism grows," 22 Aug. 2018 But after images and audio of distressed children prompted a public uproar, Trump changed course and ordered a halt to the practice — raising new questions on where and how to detain families crossing the border illegally. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "March against family separation at border turns confrontational," 23 June 2018 Yet there was no hand-wringing by Mexico, no public uproar or Twitter storm. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "After Taunting Mexico, Trump Takes Action With Tariffs. But Do Mexicans Still Care?," 1 June 2018 Coming off public uproar over the disclosure that 87 million people had their data improperly obtained by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook's more motivated than ever to make inroads with Republicans to head off regulation threatened by Democrats. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Diamond and Silk demand sit down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg," 8 May 2018 Trump has backed away from the family separation policy amid bipartisan and international uproar, and those marching Saturday demanded the government quickly reunite the families that were already divided. Author: Ellen Knickmeyer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘We care’: Family separation protest flood US cities," 30 June 2018 Ford’s decision to come forward with claims that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attacked her at a high school party in the 1980’s has thrown America—and her own life—into an uproar. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "#MeToo Advocate Alyssa Milano: Christine Blasey Ford Has 'Zero Reason to Lie' About Brett Kavanaugh," 21 Sep. 2018 By that point, Day, 44, had already created a dangerous uproar around Tumwater. Author: Joseph O'sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "This pastor took out a Walmart shooter and treated the wounded, all after delivering his Sunday sermon," 21 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 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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