Definition of tumult in US English:



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

    ‘a tumult of shouting and screaming broke out’
    • ‘Hundreds of other families were also separated in the tumult.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Ford responded by shouting back in what sounded like Latin and slowly, but noticeably, the tumult in the apartment decreased.’
      • ‘In the middle of the tumult bleached blonde Russians buy up sackloads of polyester clothes and packets of tea.’
      • ‘The Lakers are just one of 16 playoff teams trying to phase out the tribulations and tumults of the 82-game regular season.’
      • ‘Public tumults and tragedies gradually recede into the past and become less emotionally fraught for all of us.’
      • ‘There is little concern about people coming to fill a skills gap, but a mighty tumult about bogus asylum seekers claiming benefits.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Initiatives such as the Church Missionary Society belonged in a pattern of revival that forms a long prehistory to the tumults of the 1830s.’
      • ‘His effective rhetoric reassured a country unsettled by the tumults of the 1960s and 1970s and perceptions of American decline.’
      • ‘Amid all the tumult and clamour of the teeming crowds who throng the premises, the hall stands dignified in its majestic splendour.’
      • ‘The poetry of great minds has grown and been nurtured in the midst of life's mystic tumult and disorder.’
      • ‘One reason people were so stirred by her passing was because she had experienced so many of the tumults of the twentieth century.’
      • ‘I'm almost feeling ready to launch myself back into the tumult.’
      • ‘The tumults of the past few years are beginning to push growing numbers of young people away.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite all tumult and turbulence, one after all, had to carry on.’
      • ‘The band emerged from the tumult apparently unscathed.’
      • ‘Sixty years ago these streets were full of the tumult and clatter of life.’
      • ‘It would be unfair to bring another person into the tumults of my existence.’
      • ‘There were no dramatic snowstorms or tumults in the weather to announce the season.’
      • ‘His outline was blurred now, hazy behind the tumults of hail.’
      turmoil, confusion, disorder, disarray, disturbance, unrest, chaos, turbulence, mayhem, havoc, upheaval, upset, ferment, agitation, trouble
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Late Middle English: from Old French tumulte or Latin tumultus.