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upheaval

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Definition a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally);
or: a violent disturbance;
or: (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building);
or: disturbance usually in protest
  • The ground beneath them was a bank covered with coarse grass, torn everywhere by the upheavals of fallen trees, scattered with decaying coconuts and palm saplings.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
upheavals = something raised (in this case soil raised by roots)
  • Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • upheavals = violent disturbances
  • Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • upheavals = violent disturbance
  • They'd caused such an upheaval in my life .... and I was so glad they did.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • In the recent economic upheavals her factory closed, and the last time I saw her she was still unemployed.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • The book also appeared at a time of cultural upheaval on the matter of material success.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • If it again proves an illusion, then they will break up; hope is high, it cannot be taken away again without an upheaval.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • He had dwelt in a land of strange, squalling upheavals and had come forth.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Grant's later years were filled with travel and, later, financial upheaval.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • In the weeks since her dad's funeral, Ronnie continued to experience some emotional upheaval, but she supposed that was to be expected.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • MRS. BRADY (With terror) Matt— (There seems to be some violent, volcanic upheaval within him.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • She thought that usually her wakings were gray and struggling, a reluctant upheaval of her body from the bed's refuge.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • After an introduction from ASU's president, Obama took the podium and told the seniors that they were entering a world of "upheaval."
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • 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.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • "And the department is in upheaval this morning," he said evenly, "because of certain information leaked to the media—by an unnamed source."
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Harry has a lot of ideas about changes to this and that, but really, no one in the village wants upheaval, even if it might benefit them.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • All he could do was cling to the archer and wait for the upheaval to subside.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • There was probably chaos and upheaval.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The government would be thrown into upheaval.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The horse scrambled to its feet with a great noise and a great upheaval; the children were already on theirs.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician's Nephew

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