[ kuh-moh-shuhn ]
/ kəˈmoʊ ʃən /


violent or tumultuous motion; agitation; noisy disturbance: What's all the commotion in the hallway?
political or social disturbance or upheaval; sedition; insurrection.

Nearby words

  1. commonwealth of australia,
  2. commonwealth of england,
  3. commonwealth of independent states,
  4. commonwealth of nations,
  5. commorancy,
  6. commove,
  7. comms,
  8. communal,
  9. communal aerial,
  10. communal marriage

Origin of commotion

1520–30; < Latin commōtiōn- (stem of commōtiō), equivalent to commōt(us) past participle of commovēre to commove + -iōn- -ion

SYNONYMS FOR commotion
Related formscom·mo·tion·al, adjectivecom·mo·tive, adjective

Synonym study

1. See ado. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for commotional


/ (kəˈməʊʃən) /


violent disturbance; upheaval
political insurrection; disorder
a confused noise; din
Derived Formscommotional, adjective

Word Origin for commotion

C15: from Latin commōtiō, from commovēre to throw into disorder, from com- (intensive) + movēre to move

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Word Origin and History for commotional



late 14c., from Middle French commocion "violent motion, agitation" (12c., Modern French commotion), from Latin commotionem (nominative commotio) "violent motion, agitation," noun of action from past participle stem of commovere "to move, disturb," from com- "together," or "thoroughly" (see com-) + movere "to move" (see move (v.)).

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Idioms and Phrases with commotional


see cause a commotion.

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