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[uhp-rawr, -rohr] /ˈʌpˌrɔr, -ˌroʊr/
a state of violent and noisy disturbance, as of a multitude; turmoil.
an instance of this.
Origin of uproar
1520-30; < Dutch oproer revolt, tumult, translation of German Aufruhr; sense and spelling influenced by roar
1. tumult, turbulence, commotion, hubbub, furor. See disorder. 2. clamor. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for uproar
  • But it has provoked uproar in every corner of the health industry.
  • Now it would cause a huge uproar if anyone even suggested removing it.
  • Every couple of years, it seems, there's an uproar over the cost of scientific journals.
  • The patches will supposedly address those widescreen issues that had so many players in an uproar.
  • Among the poorer countries, this asymmetry caused uproar.
  • The ruling has sparked immediate uproar among academics.
  • There needs to be quite a lot more of uproar before they go voting someone new into office.
  • When he turns back to face the crowd, the bus park is in uproar.
  • Keep pushing the boundaries on privacy until an uproar is provoked.
  • They need to be more effective and helpful so it does not start and even bigger uproar.
British Dictionary definitions for uproar


a commotion or disturbance characterized by loud noise and confusion; turmoil
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Word Origin and History for uproar

1520s, used by Tindale and later Coverdale as a loan-translation of German Aufruhr or Dutch oproer "tumult, riot," literally "a stirring up," in German and Dutch bibles (cf. Acts xxi:38), "outbreak of disorder, revolt, commotion," from German auf (Middle Dutch op) "up" + ruhr (Middle Dutch roer) "a stirring, motion," related to Old English hreran "to move, stir, shake" (see rare (adj.2)). Meaning "noisy shouting" is first recorded 1540s, probably by mistaken association with unrelated roar.

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