tu·​mult ˈtü-ˌməlt How to pronounce tumult (audio)
 also  ˈtə-
: disorderly agitation or milling about of a crowd usually with uproar and confusion of voices : commotion
: a turbulent uprising : riot
: hubbub, din
: violent agitation of mind or feelings
: a violent outburst

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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Word History


Middle English tumulte, from Anglo-French, from Latin tumultus; perhaps akin to Sanskrit tumula noisy

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tumult was in the 15th century

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“Tumult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumult. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


tu·​mult ˈt(y)ü-ˌməlt How to pronounce tumult (audio)
: uproar
a great tumult arose in the stands
: great confusion of mind

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