Definitions for upheavalʌpˈhi vəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

up•heav•alʌpˈhi 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.

    Category: Geology

  3. the state of being upheaved.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. turbulence, upheaval, Sturm und Drang(noun)

    a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

    "the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence"

  2. convulsion, turmoil, upheaval(noun)

    a violent disturbance

    "the convulsions of the stock market"

  3. upheaval, uplift, upthrow, upthrust(noun)

    (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)

  4. agitation, excitement, turmoil, upheaval, hullabaloo(noun)

    disturbance usually in protest

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. upheaval(noun)ʌpˈhi vəl

    a situation in which there is a lot of difficult change

    the social and political upheaval in the 1960s; the family's emotional upheavals


  1. upheaval(Noun)

    the process of being heaved upward, especially the raising of part of the earth's crust

  2. upheaval(Noun)

    a sudden violent upset, disruption or convulsion

Webster Dictionary

  1. Upheaval(noun)

    the act of upheaving, or the state of being upheaved; esp., an elevation of a portion of the earth's crust

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a great change or disturbance

Moving house causes a great upheaval.

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