- a broad, deep swell or rolling of the sea, due to a distant storm or gale.
- any surge of support, approval, or enthusiasm, especially among the general public: a groundswell of political support for the governor.
Origin of groundswell
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All over the country the groundswell of unrest was steadily and rapidly rising.To Him That Hath
A groundswell on, but we are getting along, and feel very thankful to Him who has favored us.The Personal Life Of David Livingstone
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To-day the groundswell was more active, the waves closer together, not having had time to forget the force of the extinct gale.
- a considerable swell of the sea, often caused by a distant storm or earthquake or by the passage of waves into shallow water
- a strong public feeling or opinion that is detectable even though not openly expresseda groundswell of discontent
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Word Origin and History for groundswell
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