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Definition of "tumult" []

  • The din and commotion of a great crowd. (noun)
  • A disorderly commotion or disturbance. (noun)
  • A tempestuous uprising; a riot. (noun)
  • Agitation of the mind or emotions: "I spend much time in a tumult of anger and disbelief” ( Scott Turow). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tumult" in a sentence
  • "This week's theme is songs that articulate uncertainty, whether at a macro level (a world in tumult) or a micro one (a relationship breaking down)."
  • "Its fair lakes reflect a blue and gentle sky; and, when troubled by the winds, their tumult is but as the play of a lively infant, when compared to the roarings of the giant ocean."
  • "The entire town arose in tumult to pursue him, when he stumbled over a dead body, and was seized."