tumult

noun tu·mult \ ˈtü-ˌməlt , ˈtyü- also ˈtə- \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of tumult

1 a : disorderly agitation or milling about of a crowd usually with uproar and confusion of voices : commotion
b : a turbulent uprising : riot
2 : hubbub, din
3 a : violent agitation of mind or feelings
b : a violent outburst

Examples of tumult in a Sentence

  1. We had to shout to be heard over the tumult.

  2. The country was in tumult.

  3. Her mind was in a tumult of emotions.

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Origin and Etymology of tumult

Middle English tumulte, from Anglo-French, from Latin tumultus; perhaps akin to Sanskrit tumula noisy


TUMULT Defined for English Language Learners

tumult

noun

Definition of tumult for English Language Learners

  • : a state of noisy confusion or disorder

  • : a state of great mental or emotional confusion


TUMULT Defined for Kids

tumult

noun tu·mult \ ˈtü-ˌməlt , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tumult for Students

1 : uproar
  • A great tumult arose in the audience.
2 : great confusion of mind


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