Definition of tumult in English:

tumult

noun

  • 1usually in singular A loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people.

    ‘a tumult of shouting and screaming broke out’
    • ‘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.’
    din, loud noise, racket, uproar, commotion, ruckus, rumpus, hubbub, pandemonium, babel, bedlam, brouhaha, fracas, furore, melee, frenzy, ado
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    1. 1.1 Confusion or disorder.
      ‘the whole neighborhood was in a state of fear and tumult’
      ‘his personal tumult ended when he began writing songs’
      • ‘The tumults of the past few years are beginning to push growing numbers of young people away.’
      • ‘The Lakers are just one of 16 playoff teams trying to phase out the tribulations and tumults of the 82-game regular season.’
      • ‘Initiatives such as the Church Missionary Society belonged in a pattern of revival that forms a long prehistory to the tumults of the 1830s.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm almost feeling ready to launch myself back into the tumult.’
      • ‘In the middle of the tumult bleached blonde Russians buy up sackloads of polyester clothes and packets of tea.’
      • ‘Sixty years ago these streets were full of the tumult and clatter of life.’
      • ‘The band emerged from the tumult apparently unscathed.’
      • ‘One reason people were so stirred by her passing was because she had experienced so many of the tumults of the twentieth century.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His outline was blurred now, hazy behind the tumults of hail.’
      • ‘His effective rhetoric reassured a country unsettled by the tumults of the 1960s and 1970s and perceptions of American decline.’
      • ‘The poetry of great minds has grown and been nurtured in the midst of life's mystic tumult and disorder.’
      • ‘Public tumults and tragedies gradually recede into the past and become less emotionally fraught for all of us.’
      • ‘Ford responded by shouting back in what sounded like Latin and slowly, but noticeably, the tumult in the apartment decreased.’
      • ‘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 were no dramatic snowstorms or tumults in the weather to announce the season.’
      • ‘There is little concern about people coming to fill a skills gap, but a mighty tumult about bogus asylum seekers claiming benefits.’
      • ‘Despite all tumult and turbulence, one after all, had to carry on.’
      turmoil, confusion, disorder, disarray, disturbance, unrest, chaos, turbulence, mayhem, havoc, upheaval, upset, ferment, agitation, trouble
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French tumulte or Latin tumultus.

Pronunciation

tumult

/ˈt(j)uˌməlt//ˈt(y)o͞oˌməlt/