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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Russell sees this new production as transcending the current social or political climate, even as a hiatus from the tumult of the world. Jason Zinoman, Vogue, "In Burn This, Adam Driver and Keri Russell Find Love in a Hopeless Place," 15 Apr. 2019 There was always something electric about Bellow’s prose, which is preternaturally alert to the textures of the world outside and the tumult of the world inside. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "Watching the Lights Go Out," 8 Nov. 2018 On the 3200 block of North Wilton Avenue, directly east of the flyover route, resident Ellen Hughes is urging a property tax moratorium to compensate for the tumult of construction. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Around Wrigley Field, a high-stakes urban design drama plays out as buildings fall and rise," 6 Apr. 2018 Baker Hughes is seeking stable footing after years of tumult from the recent oil bust and Halliburton's failed takeover of Baker Hughes that collapsed in 2016 amid antitrust concerns. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "GE remains committed to Baker Hughes for now," 23 Feb. 2018 Kicking off a campaign likely to be dominated by concerns over sliding house prices, drought and the slowing economy, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday urged voters to rank his economic record above the party-leadership tumult that... Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Australia to Pick Its Next Leader—With an Election," 10 Apr. 2019 The Turkish lira was down more than 8% against the yen at the peak of the tumult, compared with its highs on Tuesday. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Yen Surges After Apple Upsets the Currency Cart," 3 Jan. 2019 The wave of departures in the West Wing is also likely to weigh heavily on a White House staff that has seen more than its fair share of tumult. Bloomberg.com, "Cohn’s Exit Leaves Hard-Liners Ascendant in Trump White House," 7 Mar. 2018 Then, Brianna's arrival from the future brought news of Jamie and Claire's impending deaths, as well as a very fresh, very painful trauma (and a missing fiancé), into the tumult of Jamie and Claire's lives. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sam Heughan on What the Outlander Finale Means for Season 5: "It's Going to Be Tough"," 28 Jan. 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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