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UPHEAVAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does upheaval mean? 

UPHEAVAL (noun)
  The noun UPHEAVAL has 4 senses:

1. a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)
2. a violent disturbance
3. (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)
4. disturbance usually in protest

  Familiarity information: UPHEAVAL used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UPHEAVAL (noun)


Sense 1upheaval [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

Sturm und Drang; upheaval; turbulence

Context example:

the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence

Hypernyms ("upheaval" is a kind of...):

disorder (a disturbance of the peace or of public order)

Domain category:

government; political science; politics (the study of government of states and other political units)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "upheaval"):

agitation; ferment; fermentation; tempestuousness; unrest (a state of agitation or turbulent change or development)

roller coaster (anything characterized by abrupt and extreme changes (especially up and down))

violence (a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.)


Sense 2upheaval [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A violent disturbance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

turmoil; upheaval; convulsion

Context example:

the convulsions of the stock market

Hypernyms ("upheaval" is a kind of...):

commotion; disruption; disturbance; flutter; hoo-ha; hoo-hah; hurly burly; kerfuffle; to-do (a disorderly outburst or tumult)


Sense 3upheaval [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

upthrust; upthrow; uplift; upheaval

Hypernyms ("upheaval" is a kind of...):

ascension; ascent; rise; rising (a movement upward)

Domain category:

geology (a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks)


Sense 4upheaval [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Disturbance usually in protest

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

hullabaloo; turmoil; agitation; excitement; upheaval

Hypernyms ("upheaval" is a kind of...):

disturbance (the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion)


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