Definitions for: Tumult


[n] the act of making a noisy disturbance
[n] violent agitation
[n] a state of commotion and noise and confusion



Webster (1913) Definition: Tu"mult, n. [L. tumultus; probably akin to Skr. tumula
noise, noisy, and perhaps to L. tumere to swell, E. tumid:
cf. F. tumulte.]
1. The commotion or agitation of a multitude, usually
accompanied with great noise, uproar, and confusion of
voices; hurly-burly; noisy confusion.

What meaneth the noise of this tumult ? --1 Sam. iv.
14.

Till in loud tumult all the Greeks arose. --Pope.

2. Violent commotion or agitation, with confusion of sounds;
as, the tumult of the elements. --Addison.

3. Irregular or confused motion; agitation; high excitement;
as, the tumult of the spirits or passions.

Syn: Uproar; ferment; disturbance; turbulence; disorder;
confusion; noise; bluster; hubbub; bustle; stir; brawl;
riot.


Tu"mult, v. i.
To make a tumult; to be in great commotion. [Obs.]

Importuning and tumulting even to the fear of a revolt.
--Milton.

Synonyms: commotion, din, garboil, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumultuousness, turmoil, uproar

See Also: ado, agitation, bustle, combustion, commotion, disruption, disturbance, disturbance, flurry, flutter, fuss, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, hustle, kerfuffle, stir, stir, to-do, turmoil

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