Definition of uproar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəpˌrôr/


1A loud and impassioned noise or disturbance: the room was in an uproar the assembly dissolved in uproar
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  • Suddenly, an uproar of shouts rang through the halls as both writers and editors alike came to see what was causing the commotion.
  • There was an uproar in the audience while everyone tried to scream louder than the person next to him or her.
  • The uproar that followed was both spontaneous and tremendous.
1.1A public expression of protest or outrage: it caused an uproar in the press
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  • Only after an uproar from the public did he begrudgingly give the chairman of the residents' committee a few minutes.
  • Suddenly the public was in an uproar, and the producers in Hollywood took up their cause.
  • This started an uproar of public debate, so the reporters went after Joshua again.
outcry, furor, protest;
fuss, reaction, backlash, commotion, hue and cry
informal hullabaloo, stink, rhubarb, firestorm


Early 16th century: from Middle Dutch uproer, from op 'up' + roer 'confusion', assimilated to roar.

  • The origins of uproar have no connection with roaring. It came from Dutch, from up ‘up’ and roer ‘confusion’. It sounded as though it could be a native English form, and people associated the second element with roar, shifting the meaning from its original sense of ‘rebellion, uprising’ to ‘loud confused noise’.

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Syllabification: up·roar

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