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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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 Out of this tumult of class reorganization came a Jewish American mass culture. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018 Wells Fargo’s wealth and investment management unit, which includes the wealth-management division that Mr. Welker runs, has been in tumult for months. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Wells Fargo’s Private Bank Head to Retire," 6 Nov. 2018 Around that time, Seattle City Hall was in tumult, with Ed Murray resigning as mayor. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Hosting 2026 World Cup would cost Seattle millions, but almost all money would be recovered, city says," 22 Oct. 2018 An unaffiliated Red Hen in New Jersey is also caught up in the tumult. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "Wrong Red Hen: D.C. restaurant thwarts backlash after Sarah Huckabee Sanders' incident 200 miles away," 25 June 2018 For Trump, Monday was a brief intermission between the tumult of an acrimonious G-7 meeting in Canada over the weekend and the looming spectacle of his encounter with Kim. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump, Kim Jong Un sign a joint declaration at summit," 11 June 2018 Iron-ore futures reached fresh 4½-year highs on Friday, with ongoing tumult for miner Vale SA extending the ferrous metal’s sharp recent gains. David Hodari, WSJ, "Iron-Ore Rally Continues as Vale Ordered to Evacuate Town," 8 Feb. 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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