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[uhp-rawr, -rohr] /ˈʌpˌrɔr, -ˌroʊr/
a state of violent and noisy disturbance, as of a multitude; turmoil.
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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. 2. clamor.
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1. See disorder. Unabridged
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  • Everything was now in an uproar, some calling for their pistols, some for their horses, and some for another flask of wine.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He must have hated violence and uproar, and liked the finer shades of life.

  • No one in Ireland could stand against the earl, and when the earl was out of Ireland the whole island was in an uproar.

    The Story Of Ireland Emily Lawless
  • The ladies ventured to lean out of the window, to see what was the cause of the uproar.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • This uproar woke up Drewyer and Lewis, who were in the tepee.

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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