tumult

[ too-muhlt, tyoo- ]
/ ˈtu məlt, ˈtyu- /

noun

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

1375–1425; late Middle English tumult(e) < Latin tumultus an uproar, akin to tumēre to swell

Synonym study

1. See ado.
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tumult

/ (ˈtjuːmʌlt) /

noun

a loud confused noise, as of a crowd; commotion
violent agitation or disturbance
great emotional or mental agitation

Word Origin for tumult

C15: from Latin tumultus, from tumēre to swell up
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