[uhp-rahy-zing, uhp-rahy-zing]


an insurrection or revolt.
an act of rising up.
an ascent or acclivity.

Origin of uprising

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at up-, rising

Synonyms for uprising


[verb uhp-rahyz; noun uhp-rahyz]

verb (used without object), up·rose, up·ris·en, up·ris·ing.

to rise up; get up, as from a lying or sitting posture.
to rise into view: As we approached the city, the spires of tall buildings uprose as if to greet us.
to rise in revolt.
to come into existence or prominence: Many calamities uprose to plague the people during the war.
to move upward; mount up; ascend.
to come above the horizon.
to slope upward: The land uprises from the river to the hills.
to swell or grow, as a sound: A blare of trumpets uprose to salute the king.


an act of rising up.

Origin of uprise

First recorded in 1250–1300, uprise is from the Middle English word uprisen. See up-, rise
Related formsup·ris·er, noun
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a revolt or rebellion
archaic an ascent


verb (ʌpˈraɪz) -rises, -rising, -rose or -risen

(tr) to rise up

noun (ˈʌpˌraɪz)

Derived Formsupriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for uprising

mid-13c., "action of rising from death or the grave, resurrection," from up + rising (n.). Meaning "action of rising from bed" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "insurrection, popular revolt" first attested 1580s.



c.1300, "stand up; get out of bed; ascend to a higher level," from up + rise (v.). Cf. West Frisian oprize, Middle Dutch oprisen, Dutch oprijzen.

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