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[too-muh lt, tyoo-] /ˈtu məlt, ˈtyu-/
violent and noisy commotion or disturbance of a crowd or mob; uproar:
The tumult reached its height during the premier's speech.
a general outbreak, riot, uprising, or other disorder:
The tumult moved toward the embassy.
highly distressing agitation of mind or feeling; turbulent mental or emotional disturbance:
His placid facade failed to conceal the tumult of his mind.
Origin of tumult
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English tumult(e) < Latin tumultus an uproar, akin to tumēre to swell
1. disorder, turbulence. 2. revolt, revolution, mutiny. 3. excitement, perturbation.
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  • Here the tumult of mingled emotion subsided in a flood of tears.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The poor dog heard the tumult, and leapt to your aid, sir, and we made after him.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • In a tumult of thought, Hope went and sat half-unconsciously by the window.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • But I tried to listen and answer that I might hide from John my tumult.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The shouting and the tumult gave me great pleasure; but, oh!

British Dictionary definitions for tumult


a loud confused noise, as of a crowd; commotion
violent agitation or disturbance
great emotional or mental agitation
Word Origin
C15: from Latin tumultus, from tumēre to swell up
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Word Origin and History for tumult

early 15c., from Old French tumulte (12c.), from Latin tumultus "commotion, disturbance," related to tumere "to be excited, swell" (see thigh).

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