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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. 2. clamor.
Synonym Study
1. See disorder. Unabridged
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  • Omar Ben became conscious of an uproar beyond the garden wall.

    A Night Out Edward Peple
  • At that moment there was an uproar from the upper part of the hotel.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • When last seen, the environs of the works were filled with violence and uproar.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • There was a sudden lull in the uproar when Mr. Minturn opened the door.

  • I heard the uproar of people behind the door and of the crowd in the street.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
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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