Definition of uproar in US English:

uproar

noun

  • 1A loud and impassioned noise or disturbance.

    ‘the room was in an uproar’
    ‘the assembly dissolved in uproar’
    • ‘Suddenly, an uproar of shouts rang through the halls as both writers and editors alike came to see what was causing the commotion.’
    • ‘The uproar that followed was both spontaneous and tremendous.’
    • ‘There was an uproar in the audience while everyone tried to scream louder than the person next to him or her.’
    turmoil, disorder, confusion, chaos, commotion, disturbance, tumult, turbulence, mayhem, pandemonium, havoc, bedlam, all hell broken loose
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    1. 1.1 A public expression of protest or outrage.
      ‘it caused an uproar in the press’
      • ‘Workers at Swindon Pressings caused such an uproar at plans to scrap its annual Christmas trees that the company will now be putting them up.’
      • ‘It caused an uproar, as I thought it would, but many people realized later that it was the right thing to do.’
      • ‘Accounts of this violence, made worse by exaggeration, created a national uproar.’
      • ‘In the late 1990s, the issue of potential mass sales of Canadian water to the U.S. caused an uproar.’
      • ‘He comments on being weighed down ‘with the burdens of pastoral care’ and ‘great tumultuous uproars in secular affairs’.’
      • ‘Suddenly the public was in an uproar, and the producers in Hollywood took up their cause.’
      • ‘Dr. Leaky started much of the uproar when he found his famous missing link, Lucy.’
      • ‘You well know how these kinds of issues can almost get a life of their own, in terms of creating an uproar.’
      • ‘This started an uproar of public debate, so the reporters went after Joshua again.’
      • ‘Can any judge throw those statements out knowing what the uproar would be?’
      • ‘Amid the uproar that followed, a political trap was sprung.’
      • ‘It took the intervention of the media, and the consequent uproar to stop what would have been a truly monumental blunder.’
      • ‘If this had happened to a prominent citizen, it surely would have created an uproar.’
      • ‘Only after an uproar from the public did he begrudgingly give the chairman of the residents' committee a few minutes.’
      • ‘Or, perhaps they felt some guilt for the uproar that they had created in the first place.’
      • ‘The city that pioneered free public libraries is facing uproar over plans to close one of its reading rooms.’
      • ‘So I was surprised to read about the uproar it is causing.’
      • ‘All this at a time when the whole of Britain is in an uproar over obscene council tax rises and in a turmoil over pensions crises!’
      • ‘We asked star Dennis Franz how the show was able to overcome the early uproar.’
      outcry, furore, outrage, howl of protest, protest, protestation, complaint, objection
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Origin

Early 16th century: from Middle Dutch uproer, from op ‘up’ + roer ‘confusion’, associated with roar.

Pronunciation

uproar

/ˈəpˌrɔr//ˈəpˌrôr/