commotion

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noun com·mo·tion \kə-ˈmō-shən\

Definition of commotion

  1. 1 :  a condition of civil unrest or insurrection The commotion was finally brought to an end and peace was restored.

  2. 2 :  steady or recurrent motion the commotion of the surf

  3. 3 :  mental excitement or confusion … startled … into no ordinary state of commotion. — Arnold Bennett

  4. 4a :  an agitated disturbance :  to-do the commotion caused by the president's visitb :  noisy confusion :  agitation The commotion backstage had brought the play to a stop.

Examples of commotion in a Sentence

  1. There was a sudden commotion when the actress entered the restaurant.

  2. the commotion created when the nation's top rock band arrived in town

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Origin and Etymology of commotion

Middle English, from Anglo-French commocion, from Latin commotion-, commotio, from commovēre —see commove


COMMOTION Defined for English Language Learners

commotion

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Definition of commotion for English Language Learners

  • : noisy excitement and confusion


COMMOTION Defined for Kids

commotion

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noun com·mo·tion \kə-ˈmō-shən\

Definition of commotion for Students

  1. :  noisy excitement and confusion :  turmoil



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