[ 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.
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Origin of commotion
Related formscom·mo·tion·al, adjectivecom·mo·tive, adjective
1. See ado.
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British Dictionary definitions for commotive
/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with commotive
see cause a commotion.
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