- Tumult is a situation of confusion and chaos, especially when there is a lot of loud noise involved.
An example of tumult is the parking lot of a bar that has just caught fire, with a number of people shouting and yelling and everyone acting confused.
- noisy commotion, as of a crowd; uproar
- confusion; agitation; disturbance
- great emotional disturbance; agitation of mind, etc.
Origin of tumultMiddle English tumulte ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin tumultus, a swelling or surging up, tumult ; from tumere, to swell: see tumor
- A great noise, as of a crowd: had to shout over the tumult in the cafeteria.
- A disorderly commotion or disturbance: “shops at this hour &ellipsis; the scene of mercantile tumult” (Nicholas Clapp).
- A state of agitation of the mind or emotions: “I spend much time in a tumult of anger and disbelief” (Scott Turow).
Origin of tumultMiddle English tumulte, from Latin tumultus.
(third-person singular simple present tumults, present participle tumulting, simple past and past participle tumulted)
- (obsolete) To make a tumult; to be in great commotion.
- Importuning and tumulting even to the fear of a revolt. — Milton.
From Latin tumultus (“noise, tumult”).