Definition of groundswell in English:



  • 1A buildup of opinion or feeling in a large section of the population.

    ‘an unexpected groundswell of opposition developed’
    • ‘With a groundswell of popular support, the strictest rent control in the nation was put into effect to protect renters' rights.’
    • ‘A groundswell of public opinion has been building up against the company since it started reducing the length of trains, forcing more travellers to stand on their journeys to and from the City.’
    • ‘‘There is now a groundswell of opinion in the business community seeking reform in the way traffic is handled at national level,’ he said.’
    • ‘Suppose that a groundswell of popular support finally pushes our proposal through Congress in the form of the Deliberation Day Act of 2012.’
    • ‘What is needed is a genuine groundswell of popular opinion against the system.’
    • ‘He likes to portray himself as helping to publicize a groundswell of popular discontent at the demise of American manufacturing.’
    • ‘It had to be cancelled, however, due to a groundswell of public opposition.’
    • ‘If there was a groundswell of opinion here for regional government then I could see a referendum.’
    • ‘There is also a groundswell of opposition among some independent financial advisers.’
    • ‘In Britain, there is a groundswell of opposition.’
    • ‘He said there was a groundswell of opinion among backbenchers, and said he had been involved with a statement released detailing the plans.’
    • ‘There was a groundswell of political opinion that art was thought to be for rich people.’
    • ‘The union does not oppose the liberalisation of the postal network, but only urges that it takes place more cautiously in order to prevent a groundswell of opposition.’
    • ‘Instead of creating a groundswell of popular political support, the Patriot epistles seemed to generate more criticism.’
    • ‘If you kill an opposition candidate, you create a martyr, with a groundswell of indignation on which his successor can ride into office.’
    • ‘Actions beget actions - changing one person's mind can lead to a groundswell of opinion.’
    • ‘‘There is a groundswell of urbanism in Calgary,’ says Taylor.’
    • ‘There is a groundswell of change but, like most groundswells, it will take time to break the surface and make itself felt.’
    • ‘A council panel has added its voice to a groundswell of opposition against plans to close a leading supermarket in a Sheffield suburb.’
    • ‘We'll need a website of course, to create a groundswell of enthusiasm among the general public.’
  • 2A large or extensive swell in the sea.

    • ‘A gentle groundswell was building over the reef and washing well up the rock.’
    • ‘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 sizeable groundswell picks up over the reef in all but the calmest conditions.’
    • ‘She saw groundswells for the first time - no mere waves, these; the waves themselves were dwarfed by undulating hills and ravines of water.’