- 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.
tumult definition by Webster's New World
- noisy commotion, as of a crowd; uproar
- confusion; agitation; disturbance
- great emotional disturbance; agitation of mind, etc.
Origin: Middle English tumulte ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin tumultus, a swelling or surging up, tumult ; from tumere, to swell: see tumor
tumult definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The din and commotion of a great crowd.
- a. A disorderly commotion or disturbance.b. A tempestuous uprising; a riot.
- Agitation of the mind or emotions: “I spend much time in a tumult of anger and disbelief” (Scott Turow).
Origin: Middle English tumulte, from Latin tumultus.