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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The director of a prestigious research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology resigned Saturday, and the school's president ordered an independent investigation amid an uproar over the lab's ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. chicagotribune.com, "Director of MIT’s prestigious Media Lab steps down over ties to Jeffrey Epstein; independent investigation ordered," 7 Sep. 2019 Oregon lawmakers, responding to the uproar, responded by drafting a constitutional amendment to allow felony convictions on a 11-1 or 10-2 vote. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Jim Crow Returns to the Supreme Court," 28 Aug. 2019 The Entertainment Software Rating Board was created in the wake of the uproar in 1994, and the organization continues to issue ratings on video games sold in North America today. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Joe Lieberman Famously Blamed Video Games for Violence. Now Guns and the Internet Worry Him Even More," 10 Aug. 2019 There was such an uproar, in fact, that a fan campaign was launched to save Barnett’s job and the Warriors, thankfully, backtracked. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ TV team: A change that makes sense — this time," 27 July 2019 Mark’s 2017 manifesto, The Once and Future Liberal, caused an uproar on the liberal left. Nr Interview, National Review, "Identity Politics Runs Much Deeper than Politics," 27 Aug. 2019 Bonnen and Burrows, who resigned his position as caucus chairman after Sullivan's allegations caused an uproar, have denied Sullivan's account of the meeting and called for the release of the recording. James Barragán, Dallas News, "As GOP leaders call for release of secret meeting audio, activist says Texas Rangers already have it," 26 Aug. 2019 The meeting was set after Trump’s decision this month to allow the EPA to grant 31 biofuel waivers to oil refiners caused an uproar in farm states key to the Republican president’s reelection bid in 2020. Washington Post, "Trump administration expected to boost biofuel quotas, in dispute between farmers and refineries," 24 Aug. 2019 Even the inclusion of a few words of Darija in a textbook last year caused an uproar. The Economist, "A row over teaching in French has reopened old wounds in Morocco," 15 Aug. 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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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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