tumult

noun
tu·mult | \ˈtü-ˌməlt, 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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A week of tumult on the trade front was also the best week in a month for S&P 500 bulls. Sarah Ponczek And Elena Popina, BostonGlobe.com, "A good week for the S&P 500 held more bad news for active funds," 6 July 2018 This era of tumult has left Democrats energized and determined to win back Congress and act as a check on Mr. Trump, and their intensity has been reflected by strong turnouts in the primaries so far. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper," 23 June 2018 For the staid Big Five, Nolan was a harbinger of the cultural tumult approaching the Palestra. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Temple's Drew Nolan, the Owl without an off-switch | Frank's Place," 8 June 2018 Following an offseason of great tumult, there are a ton of storylines to follow. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "QB Ryan Tannehill's health tops list of stories to follow at Miami Dolphins OTAs | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 The protests were part of a year of global tumult that included Vietnam’s Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy and mass demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Washington Post, "Former students recall 1968 protests that shut down Columbia," 22 Apr. 2018 The protests were part of a year of global tumult that included Vietnam’s Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy and mass demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Karen Matthews, The Seattle Times, "Former students recall 1968 protests that shut down Columbia," 22 Apr. 2018 This year, New Orleans, birthplace of jazz and jambalaya, celebrates its survival from three centuries of tumult with a 300th birthday party filled with exhibitions, panel discussions, street parades and parties. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "New Orleans celebrates 300 years of survival from storms, floods, revolts and newcomers," 12 Apr. 2018 The artwork had disappeared at some point between 2014 and 2018, a period of great tumult at The Times, as a series of publishers and top editors were shuffled in and out by then-owner Tribune Publishing, which renamed itself Tronc. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018

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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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tumult

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tumult

: a state of noisy confusion or disorder

: a state of great mental or emotional confusion

tumult

noun
tu·mult | \ˈtü-ˌməlt, ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of tumult

1 : uproar A great tumult arose in the audience.

2 : great confusion of mind

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