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English noun: upheaval

1. upheaval (state) a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

SamplesThe industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence.

SynonymsSturm und Drang, turbulence

Broader (hypernym)disorder

Narrower (hyponym)agitation, ferment, fermentation, roller coaster, tempestuousness, unrest, violence

Domain categorygovernment, political science, politics

2. upheaval (state) a violent disturbance

SamplesThe convulsions of the stock market.

Synonymsconvulsion, turmoil

Broader (hypernym)commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do

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

Synonymsuplift, upthrow, upthrust

Broader (hypernym)ascension, ascent, rise, rising

Domain categorygeology

4. upheaval (act) disturbance usually in protest

Synonymsagitation, excitement, hullabaloo, turmoil

Broader (hypernym)disturbance

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