Commotion definition

kə-mōshən
A condition of turbulent motion.
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(archaic) A civil uprising.
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A noisy rushing about; confusion; bustle.
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Violent motion; turbulence.
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(archaic) Mental agitation.
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(euphemistic) Sexual excitement.
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The definition of commotion is a state of confusion, especially noisy confusion or hubbub.

An example of commotion is a kindergarten classroom on the first day of school when the teacher is late.

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An agitated disturbance; a hubbub.

Heard a commotion in the hall.

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A state of turbulent motion.
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Civil disturbance or insurrection; disorder.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
commotion
Plural:
commotions

Origin of commotion

  • Middle English commocioun from Old French commotion from Latin commōtiō commōtiōn- from commōtus past participle of commovēre to disturb com- intensive pref. com– movēre to move meuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French commocion, from Latin commōtiōnem, accusative singular of commōtiō, from commōtus, perfect passive participle of commoveō.

    From Wiktionary