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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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