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 And Graham is hardly alone among the white evangelicals who have remained loyal to the president amid nearly three years of political tumult. Washington Post, "Evangelical magazine Christianity Today: Trump must go," 20 Dec. 2019 The Arabian Sea dead zone has been known for decades, but studied little, because of the political and social tumult in the region. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Our Oceans Are Full of Vast Dead Zones Without Oxygen," 11 Dec. 2019 Ethiopia’s two majority groups – the Amharas and the Oromos – have been particularly critical of the prime minister’s perceived inability to address the country’s political tumult. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopians are losing faith in prime minister Abiy’s promises for peace," 16 Nov. 2019 The whistleblower’s claim comes amid political tumult in the capital as the House has undertaken an impeachment inquiry into Trump — prompted by another government whistleblower’s complaint about the president’s actions toward Ukraine. Marcy Gordon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Watchdog: Treasury’s actions on Trump taxes being probed," 4 Oct. 2019 Now, after months of political tumult in Hong Kong, the warning seems prescient. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Is Xi Mishandling Hong Kong Crisis? Hints of Unease in China’s Leadership," 7 Sep. 2019 Australia’s latest political tumult is probably causing some whiplash for Australian voters. Jen Kirby, Vox, "What the hell is happening with Australia’s prime minister, explained," 25 Aug. 2018 He was fascinated by the tumult of everyday life, as well as by the sound and the fury of a post-war Italy undergoing radical change. The Economist, "Beyond neorealism Federico Fellini’s beautiful confusion," 20 Jan. 2020 After the tumult of late 2019, when some of Portland’s best restaurants, bars and bakeries closed for good, this year opens with a brighter outlook. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "One of Portland’s best ramen shops heads for the ‘burbs, plus all the other big restaurant news for January 2020," 8 Jan. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumult. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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