upheaval

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Etymology[edit]

From upheave +‎ -al.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ʌpˈhi.vəl/
  • Hyphenation: up‧heav‧al

Noun[edit]

upheaval (countable and uncountable, plural upheavals)

  1. Disruptive change, from one state to another.
  2. The process of being heaved upward, especially the raising of part of the earth's crust.
  3. A sudden violent upset, disruption or convulsion.
    • 2011 September 2, “Wales 2-1 Montenegro”, in BBC[1]:
      Since that upheaval Wales have won just once in seven games, beating Northern Ireland in the Nations Cup last May.

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