upheaval


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up·heav·al

 (ŭp-hē′vəl)
n.
1.
a. The process of being heaved upward.
b. An instance of being so heaved.
2. A sudden, violent disruption or upset: "the psychic upheaval caused by war" (Wallace Fowlie).
3. Geology A raising of a part of the earth's crust.

upheaval

(ʌpˈhiːvəl)
n
1. a strong, sudden, or violent disturbance, as in politics, social conditions, etc
2. (Geological Science) geology another word for uplift7

up•heav•al

(ʌpˈhi vəl)

n.
1. strong or violent change or disturbance, as in a society.
2. an act of upheaving, esp. of a part of the earth's crust.
3. the state of being upheaved.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.upheaval - a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)upheaval - a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally); "the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence"
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
disorder - a disturbance of the peace or of public order
ferment, fermentation, unrest, agitation, tempestuousness - a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced new leadership"; "social unrest"
roller coaster - anything characterized by abrupt and extreme changes (especially up and down); "the economy has been on a roller coaster all year"
violence - a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.
2.upheaval - a violent disturbanceupheaval - a violent disturbance; "the convulsions of the stock market"
commotion, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do, disruption, disturbance, flutter - a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
3.upheaval - (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)upheaval - (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
rising, ascension, ascent, rise - a movement upward; "they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon"
4.upheaval - disturbance usually in protestupheaval - disturbance usually in protest  
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

upheaval

noun disturbance, revolution, disorder, turmoil, overthrow, disruption, eruption, cataclysm, violent change Algeria has been going through political upheaval.

upheaval

noun
A momentous or sweeping change:
Translations
إنْقِلاب فُجائي
pozdvižení
omvæltning
umbrot, umrót
apvērsumsjukas

upheaval

[ʌpˈhiːvəl] N
1. (emotional) → trastorno m
2. (in home, office etc) → trastorno m
3. (Pol) → agitación f
4. (Geol) → levantamiento m

upheaval

[ʌpˈhiːvəl] n (personal, social)bouleversement m
political upheaval → agitation f politique

upheaval

n (Geol) → Aufwölbung f, → Erhebung f; (fig)Aufruhr m; emotional upheavalAufruhr mder Gefühle; social/political upheavalssoziale/politische Umwälzungen pl

upheaval

[ʌpˈhiːvl] n (disturbance) → scompiglio (Pol) → sconvolgimento (Geol) → sollevamento

upheaval

(apˈhiːvəl) noun
a great change or disturbance. Moving house causes a great upheaval.
References in classic literature ?
Carr was too absorbed in business to give heed to what he looked upon as a convulsion of society as natural as a geological upheaval, and too prudent to provoke the criticism of his daughters by comment in their presence.
He could not think at all, he was stunned; yet he knew that in the mighty upheaval that had taken place in his soul, a new man had been born.
Out of a billowy upheaval of vivid green foliage, a rifle-shot removed, rises the huge ruin of Heidelberg Castle, [2.
Under the influence of a great mental and moral upheaval, his character and his habits had taken on the appearance of complete change, but after a while with the subsidence of the storm, both began to settle toward their former places.
Once the tumultuous upheaval of its dispersion was over, the black smoke clung so closely to the ground, even before its precipitation, that fifty feet up in the air, on the roofs and upper stories of high houses and on great trees, there was a chance of escaping its poison altogether, as was proved even that night at Street Cobham and Ditton.
The various kinds of knowledge and of virtue are habits, for knowledge, even when acquired only in a moderate degree, is, it is agreed, abiding in its character and difficult to displace, unless some great mental upheaval takes place, through disease or any such cause.
You may count upon me, my lord, provided you want to make a complete upheaval of the city.
As frame after frame followed it, the swarm beheld the upheaval, exposure, and destruction of all that had been well or ill done in every cranny of their Hive for generations past.
There had been that in her voice which had forbidden discussion, and it was a tone to which she was forced to have recourse more than once during the following days when it seemed to her that all her friends were in a conspiracy to persuade her to a hasty, ill-advised upheaval.
At this single point in the interior there has been, in some far distant age, a great, sudden volcanic upheaval.
It seemed to me like some monstrous upheaval of madness.
The mountains, or rather the three peaks of the mountain, for the mass was evidently the result of a solitary upheaval, were, as I have said, in the form of a triangle, of which the base was towards us, one peak being on our right, one on our left, and one straight in front of us.