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open fighting against authority (as one's own government)
  • the uprising was quickly and brutally suppressed

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present participle of uprise

Synonyms & Antonyms of uprising (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to leave one's bed
  • uprise! we have lots of work to do today!

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2 to move or extend upward
  • as we went from the coast into the state's interior, the land gradually began uprising and eventually we were on mountainous terrain

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How does the noun uprising differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of uprising are insurrection, mutiny, rebellion, revolt, and revolution. While all these words mean "an outbreak against authority," uprising implies a brief, limited, and often immediately ineffective rebellion.

quickly put down the uprising

When would mutiny be a good substitute for uprising?

The words mutiny and uprising are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, mutiny applies to group insubordination or insurrection especially against naval authority.

a mutiny led by the ship's cook

When could rebellion be used to replace uprising?

The meanings of rebellion and uprising largely overlap; however, rebellion implies an open formidable resistance that is often unsuccessful.

open rebellion against the officers

How are the words revolt and insurrection related as synonyms of uprising?

Both revolt and insurrection imply an armed uprising that quickly fails or succeeds.

a revolt by the Young Turks that surprised party leaders

an insurrection of oppressed laborers

Where would revolution be a reasonable alternative to uprising?

In some situations, the words revolution and uprising are roughly equivalent. However, revolution applies to a successful rebellion resulting in a major change (as in government).

a political revolution that toppled the monarchy

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The first known use of uprising was in the 13th century

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“Uprising.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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