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One entry found for uproar.
Main Entry: up·roar
Pronunciation: primarystressschwap-secondarystressromacr(schwa)r, -secondarystressrodot(schwa)r
Function: noun
Etymology: from Dutch oproer "revolt, uprising," from op "up" and roer "motion"; the English spelling and meaning influenced by the similarity of the English roar to Dutch roer
: a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance
Word History The -roar part of the word uproar has no connection with the sounds made by some animals and crowds. The first use of uproar was as the translation of the Dutch word oproer, meaning "uprising, rebellion, revolt." Thus, the first meaning of uproar was the same as the Dutch meaning of oproer. Nowadays, this sense of uproar is no longer used. Because people thought that the roar of uproar referred to loud cries and sounds, they began to use the word to mean "a noisy disturbance or commotion." This is the sense of uproar that has survived.

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