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groundswell

Syllabification: ground·swell
Pronunciation: /ˈɡroun(d)ˌswel
 
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Definition of groundswell in English:

noun

[in singular]
1A buildup of opinion or feeling in a large section of the population: an unexpected groundswell of opposition developed
More example sentences
  • He said there was a groundswell of opinion among backbenchers, and said he had been involved with a statement released detailing the plans.
  • There is also a groundswell of opposition among some independent financial advisers.
  • There was a groundswell of political opinion that art was thought to be for rich people.
Synonyms
upsurge, surge, rise, increase, escalation, outbreak, outburst, wave, upwelling
2A large or extensive swell in the sea.
Example sentences
  • The wreck is well broken among rocks, spread out and so close in that even on a flat-calm day the groundswell sloshes the boat up and down as it moves in as close as possible to drop divers off.
  • We had to get within 1.5 miles of the reef before we could distinguish the rocks from the groundswell breaking over them.
  • A gentle groundswell was building over the reef and washing well up the rock.

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