commotion

noun
com·​mo·​tion | \ kə-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce commotion (audio) \

Definition of commotion

1 : a condition of civil unrest or insurrection The commotion was finally brought to an end and peace was restored.
2 : steady or recurrent motion the commotion of the surf
3 : mental excitement or confusion … startled … into no ordinary state of commotion.— Arnold Bennett
4a : an agitated disturbance : to-do the commotion caused by the president's visit
b : noisy confusion : agitation The commotion backstage had brought the play to a stop.

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Examples of commotion in a Sentence

There was a sudden commotion when the actress entered the restaurant. the commotion created when the nation's top rock band arrived in town
Recent Examples on the Web Hailey Morinico, 17, recently heard her family's dogs barking outside and went to see what was causing the commotion. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 1 June 2021 Have a nose for the football that often had James in the middle of the commotion? Jay Paris, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The video shows the witness telling Besker that Wilson was armed with a knife and causing a commotion on a street corner, forcing pedestrians to walk into the street to get around him. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Mar. 2021 The disagreement happened out of view of television cameras, but New York’s broadcast showed other players and coaches rushing into the tunnel to break up some sort of commotion. BostonGlobe.com, 8 May 2021 The disagreement happened out of view of television cameras, but New York's broadcast showed other players and coaches rushing into the tunnel to break up some sort of commotion. Jerry Beach, Star Tribune, 8 May 2021 Built around a senior core, Alabama basketball broke out of its decade-plus slump and caused a bit of commotion. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 5 May 2021 There’s been a lot of commotion happening within the men’s basketball roster over the last couple of weeks, but could there be an even bigger change? Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 Later, in August, a Florida man stormed into a house and fatally shot his ex-girlfriend as her 10-year-old daughter took an online class, with the girl’s teacher and other students hearing part of the commotion before the slaying, authorities said. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of commotion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commotion

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

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6 Jun 2021

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“Commotion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commotion. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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commotion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commotion

: noisy excitement and confusion

commotion

noun
com·​mo·​tion | \ kə-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce commotion (audio) \

Kids Definition of commotion

: noisy excitement and confusion : turmoil

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