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Definition 1: disturbance usually in protest - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for upheaval in the sense of this definition

(upheaval is a kind of ...) the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

Definition 2: (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building) - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for upheaval in the sense of this definition

(upheaval is a kind of ...) a movement upward

"they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon"

(upheaval belongs to category ...) a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks

Definition 3: a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where upheaval or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence

Synonyms for upheaval in the sense of this definition

(upheaval is a kind of ...) a disturbance of the peace or of public order

(... is a kind of upheaval ) a state of agitation or turbulent change or development

"the political ferment produced new leadership" "social unrest"

(... is a kind of upheaval ) anything characterized by abrupt and extreme changes (especially up and down)

"the economy has been on a roller coaster all year"

(... is a kind of upheaval ) a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.

(upheaval belongs to category ...) the study of government of states and other political units

Definition 4: a violent disturbance - [noun denoting state]

Samples where upheaval or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the convulsions of the stock market

Synonyms for upheaval in the sense of this definition

(upheaval is a kind of ...) a disorderly outburst or tumult

"they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"

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