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1A loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people:‘a tumult of shouting and screaming broke out’
din, loud noise, racket, uproar, commotion, ruckus, rumpus, hubbub, pandemonium, babel, bedlam, brouhaha, fracas, furore, melee, frenzy, adoView synonyms
- ‘The play ends in a tumult of sounds, the woman's screams and the man's pleadings with the doctor to ‘send help immediately’ being drowned by music and the screams of an ambulance siren.’
- ‘Hundreds of other families were also separated in the tumult.’
- 1.1[mass noun] A state of confusion or disorder:‘the whole neighbourhood was in a state of fear and tumult’‘his personal tumult ended when he began writing songs’
turmoil, confusion, disorder, disarray, disturbance, unrest, chaos, turbulence, mayhem, havoc, upheaval, upset, ferment, agitation, troubleView synonyms
- ‘His effective rhetoric reassured a country unsettled by the tumults of the 1960s and 1970s and perceptions of American decline.’
- ‘One reason people were so stirred by her passing was because she had experienced so many of the tumults of the twentieth century.’
- ‘The poetry of great minds has grown and been nurtured in the midst of life's mystic tumult and disorder.’
- ‘Initiatives such as the Church Missionary Society belonged in a pattern of revival that forms a long prehistory to the tumults of the 1830s.’
- ‘The tumults of the past few years are beginning to push growing numbers of young people away.’
- ‘His outline was blurred now, hazy behind the tumults of hail.’
- ‘The band emerged from the tumult apparently unscathed.’
- ‘She will never reach the age when the tumults of young adulthood can be looked back upon with rueful sympathy and without anger and vengefulness.’
- ‘I'm almost feeling ready to launch myself back into the tumult.’
- ‘There is little concern about people coming to fill a skills gap, but a mighty tumult about bogus asylum seekers claiming benefits.’
- ‘There were no dramatic snowstorms or tumults in the weather to announce the season.’
- ‘In the middle of the tumult bleached blonde Russians buy up sackloads of polyester clothes and packets of tea.’
- ‘It would be unfair to bring another person into the tumults of my existence.’
- ‘Amid all the tumult and clamour of the teeming crowds who throng the premises, the hall stands dignified in its majestic splendour.’
- ‘There is actually nothing the Queen can do except carry on being who she is and doing what she does, however great the tumult that surrounds her.’
- ‘Sixty years ago these streets were full of the tumult and clatter of life.’
- ‘Ford responded by shouting back in what sounded like Latin and slowly, but noticeably, the tumult in the apartment decreased.’
- ‘The Lakers are just one of 16 playoff teams trying to phase out the tribulations and tumults of the 82-game regular season.’
- ‘Despite all tumult and turbulence, one after all, had to carry on.’
- ‘Public tumults and tragedies gradually recede into the past and become less emotionally fraught for all of us.’
Late Middle English: from Old French tumulte or Latin tumultus.
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