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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Your community of South Bend, Indiana has recently been in uproar over an officer involved shooting. Time Staff, Time, "Here's What the Candidates Said During Thursday's Dramatic Democratic Presidential Debate," 29 June 2019 Three years later, in 1987, he was caught up in an uproar over heavy losses resulting from a trader’s unauthorized dealings in high-risk securities. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Jerome P. Kenney Led Merrill Lynch’s Push Into Investment Banking," 28 June 2019 Jughead calls Archie to tell him Fangs is getting out, and the town is in an uproar. refinery29.com, "Riverdale Season 2, Episode 20 Recap: "Shadow Of A Doubt"," 3 May 2018 Some Clairemont residents are in an uproar over plans to build 50 apartments for previously homeless people in the mostly residential community. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Proposed complex for homeless people is causing an uproar in Clairemont," 27 Apr. 2018 His quip on the swine flu epidemic led to a public uproar in China even as some on Wall Street said the reaction was overblown. Cathy Chan, Fortune, "UBS Loses a Deal in China After Economist's 'Pig' Comment," 17 June 2019 In response to the public uproar, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh released a statement to NBC News shifting the spotlight to the city's upcoming LGBTQ pride events happening this weekend. Alexander Kacala, NBC News, "A Straight Pride Parade? One may be coming to Boston this summer," 6 June 2019 Compared to the uproar currently embroiling Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma's controversies have remained somewhat under the radar. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What you should know about the debate before the Academy Awards.," 22 Feb. 2019 The training is a response to the nationwide uproar following an incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks, in which an employee called the police on two black men for allegedly loitering. Felice León, The Root, "Was the Starbucks Anti-Bias Training a Fail or Nah?," 29 May 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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