Any kind of noisy disturbance can be called an uproar. A large group of political protesters outside City Hall is likely to create an uproar.

There's often an uproar in the audience of a rock concert when the band first appears on stage — people cheer and applaud and whistle. An announcement that the neighborhood donut shop is out of donuts could create another kind of uproar, especially if people have been standing in a long line dreaming of crullers and chocolate glazed donuts. Uproar comes from the German Aufruhr, "a stirring up."

Definitions of uproar
  1. noun
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
    synonyms: garboil, tumult, tumultuousness, zoo
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    a state of violent disturbance and excitement
    type of:
    commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
  2. noun
    loud confused noise from many sources
    synonyms: brouhaha, hubbub, katzenjammer
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
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