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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Still, the economy has faced some tumult as President Donald Trump has escalated his trade conflict with China. Josh Boak, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. employers added a solid 164,000 jobs in July as the unemployment rate held at 3.7%," 2 Aug. 2019 Still, the economy has faced some tumult as President Donald Trump has escalated his trade conflict with China. Josh Boak, Twin Cities, "July US jobs report shows solid gains amid trade frictions," 2 Aug. 2019 The expectations of calm are a shift from last year, when outsize price swings in U.S. government bonds triggered tumult in other markets. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Calm Blankets Markets From Stocks to Bonds, Even as Risks Remain," 22 Feb. 2019 And Jade faces tumult of her own, when her job as a television meteorologist is suddenly placed in jeopardy by her decision to wear a headscarf on-air. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "SXSW premiere 'Jinn' is a fresh look at the teen coming-of-age film," 11 Mar. 2018 But beneath the top-line data are clear signs that the prosperity is being unevenly shared, and when the tumult of the Trump presidency is added to the mix, the state's flinty voters may not be receptive to his appeals. Kevin Freking, Fortune, "At Rally, Trump Ties U.S. Success to 2nd Term: ‘You Have to Vote for Me’," 16 Aug. 2019 Finally, in the last movement, Bronfman unleashed something closer to his full power and energy, the tumult of his performance matched by its innate musicality. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO review: Bronfman and Ax take on Brahms Piano Concertos," 3 Aug. 2019 The tumult in Berkeley over busing paled in comparison to other American cities. Melanie Mason, latimes.com, "School busing in Berkeley during Kamala Harris’ childhood was both voluntary and volatile," 30 June 2019 The tumult in this state also revealed the depth of emotions around climate-change laws, exposing a larger, growing divide between urban and rural factions — in Oregon and beyond. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Oregon Climate Walkout Left Republicans in Hiding, Statehouse in Disarray," 28 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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