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upheaval

up·heav·al

upheaval

 
pronunciation:
uhp hi vl [or] uhp hi vl
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act, instance, or condition of being raised or heaved upward, as a section of the earth's crust.
synonyms:
cataclysm
similar words:
buckle, earthquake, heave, lift, swell, upthrust
definition 2: a sudden, often violent disruption or change.
worker riots and upheavalThe new dog caused a minor upheaval in our home.
synonyms:
cataclysm, furor, revolution, storm, tempest
similar words:
change, chaos, disorder, disturbance, firestorm, outbreak, overthrow, overturn, tumult, turbulence, unrest, violence