View synonyms for uproar


[ uhp-rawr, -rohr ]


  1. a state of violent and noisy disturbance, as of a multitude; turmoil.

    Synonyms: furor, hubbub, commotion, turbulence, tumult

  2. an instance of this.

    Synonyms: clamor


/ ˈʌpˌrɔː /


  1. a commotion or disturbance characterized by loud noise and confusion; turmoil

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Word History and Origins

Origin of uproar1

1520–30; < Dutch oproer revolt, tumult, translation of German Aufruhr; sense and spelling influenced by roar

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Idioms and Phrases

see make a scene (an uproar) .

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Example Sentences

This caused a minor uproar, as my husband slipped it into a conversation about something else.

Some users had thought the planned changes would let Facebook read WhatsApp messages, which caused an uproar.

From Fortune

Yet Olevskiy’s appearance on the show drew him publicly into the uproar.

Last week, HBO Max announced — to an uproar — that every major theatrical release Warner Brothers had planned for 2021 would be available on HBO Max too.

From Digiday

“When the first studies started coming out about antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2, everyone was in an uproar about the response being potentially defective,” says Nina Luning Prak, an immunologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

There was a bit of an uproar from Tolkien purists about her being included in...

But the killers clearly failed to anticipate the uproar that would follow.

There was frenzied uproar when she participated in a literacy program to encourage kids to read.

While Kilmeade walked back the comment the next day after an uproar, he did not apologize.

These comments incited an uproar among Iroquois fans believing Kessenich had disrespected their tradition.

His largesses were abundant, and the uproar of vehement thanksgiving, was ever on the watch from the venal multitude.

It had come on to rain, and the raw dampness mingled itself with the dusky uproar of the Strand.

I thought we were in for an encore performance, but gradually the uproar died away, and by midnight all was quiet.

Hell below was in an uproar to meet thee at thy coming, it stirred up the giants for thee.

Above the uproar of the reeling earth the shriek of the train sounded in his deafened ears.


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