Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun upheaval

4 senses of upheaval

Sense 1
turbulence, upheaval, Sturm und Drang -- (a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally); "the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence")
       => disorder -- (a disturbance of the peace or of public order)

Sense 2
convulsion, turmoil, upheaval -- (a violent disturbance; "the convulsions of the stock market")
       => disturbance, disruption, commotion, flutter, hurly burly, to-do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle -- (a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused")

Sense 3
upheaval, uplift, upthrow, upthrust -- ((geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building))
       => rise, rising, ascent, ascension -- (a movement upward; "they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon")

Sense 4
agitation, excitement, turmoil, upheaval, hullabaloo -- (disturbance usually in protest)
       => disturbance -- (the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion)

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