[ uhp-hee-vuhl ]
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  1. strong or violent change or disturbance, as in a society: the upheaval of war.

  2. an act of upheaving, especially of a part of the earth's crust.

  1. the state of being upheaved.

  2. Geology. an upward warping of a part of the earth's crust, forcing certain areas into a relatively higher position than before.

Origin of upheaval

First recorded in 1830–40; upheave + -al2

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/ (ʌpˈhiːvəl) /

  1. a strong, sudden, or violent disturbance, as in politics, social conditions, etc

  2. geology another word for uplift (def. 7)

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