An example of commotion is a kindergarten classroom on the first day of school when the teacher is late.
- violent motion; turbulence
- a noisy rushing about; confusion; bustle
- Archaic a civil uprising
- Archaic mental agitation
Origin of commotionClassical Latin commotio from commotus, past participle of commovere, to move, disturb from com-, together + movere, to move
- A condition of turbulent motion.
- a. An agitated disturbance; a hubbub: heard a commotion in the hall.b. Civil disturbance or insurrection; disorder.
Origin of commotionMiddle English commocioun from Old French commotion from Latin commōtiō commōtiōn- from commōtus past participle of commovēre to disturb com- intensive pref. ; see com- . movēre to move ; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French commocion, from Latin commōtiōnem, accusative singular of commōtiō, from commōtus, perfect passive participle of commoveō.