tumult

noun
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jones lives in Gardena, not far from the epicenter of the tumult. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 Much of this tumult is the result of appointments to the Supreme Court. J. Joel Alicea, National Review, 20 Apr. 2022 After years of tumult, the inevitable happened last summer when the NCAA implemented a policy that paved the way for new state laws to allow student-athletes to make money off their names, images and likenesses. James Kay, chicagotribune.com, 3 Apr. 2022 In our era of tumult, museums have hardly been sites of exception. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2022 The co-founder of Peloton is stepping down as chief executive after an extended streak of tumult at the company. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Feb. 2022 The co-founder of Peloton is stepping down as chief executive after an extended streak of tumult at the exercise and treadmill company, which is also cutting almost 3,000 jobs. Michelle Chapman, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2022 The co-founder of Peloton is stepping down as chief executive after an extended streak of tumult at the interactive exercise bike and treadmill company, which will also cut almost 3,000 jobs. Michelle Chapman And Anne D'innocenzio, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Feb. 2022 Muni service has been in a state of tumult since March 2020, when the pandemic forced our region into shelter-in-place orders. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Tumult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumult. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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tumult

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

Kids Definition of tumult

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

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