tu·​mult | \ ˈtü-ˌməlt How to pronounce tumult (audio) , ˈtyü- also ˈtə- \

Definition of tumult

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

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Examples of tumult in a Sentence

We had to shout to be heard over the tumult. The country was in tumult. Her mind was in a tumult of emotions.
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Recent Examples on the Web Inside a national period of tumult, at the crux of post-Civil War reconstruction of black life in America, Sarah Jane Woodson Early became a historymaker. Janelle Harris Dixon, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Colleges Produced Generations of Black Women Leaders," 8 Feb. 2021 The two years of tumult that tainted his name and put his career and childhood dream at risk seemingly have humbled the man formerly known as the most dangerous wideout in the game. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If Bucs' Antonio Brown wants to repair his legacy, he must understand he brought problems on himself," 3 Feb. 2021 When Americans sought a way back to stability after four years of tumult, Biden felt like a comfort to many voters. Lisa Lerer New York Times, Star Tribune, "How Biden became a steady hand amid chaos," 20 Jan. 2021 When Americans sought a way back to stability after four years of tumult, Mr. Biden felt like a comfort to many voters. New York Times, "How Joe Biden Became a Steady Hand Amid So Much Chaos," 20 Jan. 2021 So the Chase family orchestrated a curbside takeout version, and this one little piece in a year of tumult was made right. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "50 dishes to tell the stories of 2020 and try in 2021 (yes, there’s lots of takeout)," 28 Dec. 2020 Bethlehem First United Methodist Church senior pastor Frank Bernat said the town’s festive traditions have lent a sense of normalcy and purpose after so many months of tumult. Sarah Kallis, ajc, "Despite COVID, hope abides in the little town of Bethlehem, Georgia," 23 Dec. 2020 In an election year like no other, the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could be a pivotal moment in a race that has remained stubbornly unchanged in the face of historic tumult. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Trump, Biden prepare to debate at time of mounting crises," 29 Sep. 2020 The tumult has shaken the finance industry and prompted demands for SEC action from both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill. Benjamin Bain, Bloomberg.com, "SEC Says It’s Probing Market Mania for Potential Misconduct," 29 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of tumult

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tumult

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

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15 Feb 2021

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“Tumult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumult. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tumult

: a state of noisy confusion or disorder
: a state of great mental or emotional confusion


tu·​mult | \ ˈtü-ˌməlt How to pronounce tumult (audio) , ˈtyü- \

Kids Definition of tumult

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

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