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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Political consultants and organizers churn through Steyer’s workforce at a rate that has attracted attention even in an industry known for its tumult. Michael Finnegan, latimes.com, "Tom Steyer joins swarm of Democrats running for president," 9 July 2019 Significant player movement, including multiple All-Stars, in free agency, and star players forcing partnerships have created this tumult. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: How Kevin Durant's injury, Golden State opened door to wild West free agency," 6 July 2019 The day’s events come after a year of grief and tumult for the victims’ families and co-workers. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "'Far richer for having known them': One year later, Capital Gazette shooting victims remembered with garden," 28 June 2019 Examining seven cases, Diamond sets out to show how his factors account for countries’ ability to weather tumult. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Republic, "All Over the Map," 11 June 2019 Time and again, there was a happy tumult in a nearby crowd. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "New Orleans’ Pride Parade 2019 was a glorious group hug," 9 June 2019 The uncertainty caused by regulatory tumult threatens to set them back. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Automakers, fearing prolonged regulatory uncertainty, tell Trump to cut a deal with California on emissions," 7 June 2019 The desired spectacle instantly appeased the tumult. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Crowder Isn’t a Threat to Public Safety," 6 June 2019 One comfort investors have found in the markets’ tumult over the past month: Share prices are looking like relative bargains. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Stocks Lure Buyers With Cheapest Valuations in Months," 5 June 2019

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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 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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