Had to shout over the tumult in the cafeteria.
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.
The tumult of the elements.
The tumult of the spirits or passions.
Importuning and tumulting even to the fear of a revolt. "” Milton.
Origin of tumult
- Middle English tumulte from Latin tumultus
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin tumultus (“noise, tumult").