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 comm&omacron;ti&omacron;, comm&omacron;ti&omacron;n-, from comm&omacron;tus, past participle of commov&emacron;re, to disturb : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + mov&emacron;re, to move; see meu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French commocion, from Latin commōtiōnem, accusative singular of commōtiō, from commōtus, perfect passive participle of commoveō.