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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But in the middle of this tumult, a woman hunched over an iPhone oozes calm. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 The commitment to the export strategy in the face of the trade tumult is testament to that, Ryan said. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Darigold aims to sell more than half of its dairy output abroad despite trade spat," 20 Aug. 2018 Trump has been frustrated by news stories of White House tumult and has ordered aides to contest the notion that there is chaos. Philip Rucker And Robert Costa, chicagotribune.com, "'Tired of the wait game': White House stabilizers gone, Trump calling his own shots," 1 Apr. 2018 Abidjan was a safe and welcoming place to make a home after the tumult of our departure from Sudan. Rawiya Kameir, Vogue, "Does Citizenship Shape Identity? A “Third-Culture” Writer Takes Stock," 19 Oct. 2018 The Post was founded in 1992 as Cambodia sought to re-establish stability and democracy after the tumult of genocidal Khmer Rouge rule in the late 1970s. Bloomberg.com, "Phnom Penh Post Sold By Aussie Owner to Malaysian Investor," 5 May 2018 Some investors are gearing up for more tumults, even after the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index just logged its eighth straight quarter of gains. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Investors Seek Protection From Market’s Biggest Winners," 2 July 2018 Recorded in April of 1963, during that fierce spell of racial and economic tumult, Dylan, in his folksy pragmatism, rages against the Cold War and the military industrial complex. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' and the New Shape of Protest Music," 9 May 2018 Even the occasional reader of this space knows most of the ups and downs, the roster tumult, coach Tyronn Lue's illness, the bad defense, the near first-round disaster against Indiana. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "LeBron James is using the word 'championship' again about the Cavaliers," 7 May 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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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, ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of tumult

1 : uproar A great tumult arose in the audience.

2 : great confusion of mind

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