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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 ?
He had dwelt in a land of strange, squalling upheavals and had come forth.
It was ribbed with sharp, steep ridges and cloven with narrow canyons, and here and there on the heights, rocky upheavals shaped themselves into mimic battlements and castles; and out of rifted clouds came broad shafts of sunlight, that painted summit, and slope and glen, with bands of fire, and left belts of somber shade between.
Valparaiso -- Portillo Pass -- Sagacity of Mules -- Mountain- torrents -- Mines, how discovered -- Proofs of the gradual Elevation of the Cordillera -- Effect of Snow on Rocks -- Geological Structure of the two main Ranges, their distinct Origin and Upheaval -- Great Subsidence -- Red Snow -- Winds -- Pinnacles of Snow -- Dry and clear Atmosphere -- Electricity -- Pampas -- Zoology of the opposite Side of the Andes -- Locusts -- Great Bugs -- Mendoza -- Uspallata Pass -- Silicified Trees buried as they grew -- Incas Bridge -- Badness of the Passes exaggerated -- Cumbre -- Casuchas -- Valparaiso.
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.
The usual upheaval of the tables and chairs had taken place.
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."
I have plenty of time and there are lots of things to be seen to." 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.
"What an upheaval! Fancy Mephistopheles on a steamer!"
Simultaneously the tangle underwent a violent upheaval. Flung out with such force as to be smashed against the near end of the cage, Michael fell to the floor, tried to spring up, but crumpled and sank down, his right shoulder streaming blood from a terrible mauling and crushing.
Some more potent upheaval had cloven a great slice from the marble mantel.