- 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
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Related Wordsturmoil, maelstrom, upheaval, riot, agitation, commotion, pandemonium, strife, excitement, unrest, disturbance, hassle, fracas, ferment, turbulence, outcry, convulsion, quarrel, affray, racket
Examples from the Web for tumult
The tumult was such that young Sarah had cause to worry that she might not get even a glimpse of Will and Kate.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
Jordan also became famous off the court, both for his gambling and for tumult in his personal life.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits of a New Michael Jordan Biography
May 6, 2014
He was, however, also caught up in the tumult of his ailing marriage to Ava Gardner.The Week in Death: George Jacobs, Sinatra’s Domestic Confidant
February 23, 2014
That period included the tumult of the U.S. leaving the gold standard, the oil shock, and the rise of inflation.Larry Summers’s Connection to Wall Street Should Surprise No One
September 13, 2013
Then, he ducked out the side door to avoid the very kind of tumult he had just said he honored and felt was so necessary.Weiner’s Desperate Rockaway Trip
August 1, 2013
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
The shouting and the tumult gave me great pleasure; but, oh!The Boy Life of Napoleon
- a loud confused noise, as of a crowd; commotion
- violent agitation or disturbance
- great emotional or mental agitation
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).