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Syllabification: tu·mult
Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞oˌməlt

Definition of tumult in English:


[usually in singular]
1A loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people: a tumult of shouting and screaming broke out
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  • The play ends in a tumult of sounds, the woman's screams and the man's pleadings with the doctor to ‘send help immediately’ being drowned by music and the screams of an ambulance siren.
  • Hundreds of other families were also separated in the tumult.
1.1Confusion or disorder: the whole neighborhood was in a state of fear and tumult figurative his personal tumult ended when he began writing songs
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  • The poetry of great minds has grown and been nurtured in the midst of life's mystic tumult and disorder.
  • Despite all tumult and turbulence, one after all, had to carry on.
  • Public tumults and tragedies gradually recede into the past and become less emotionally fraught for all of us.
turmoil, confusion, disorder, disarray, unrest, chaos, turbulence, mayhem, maelstrom, havoc, upheaval, ferment, agitation, trouble


late Middle English: from Old French tumulte or Latin tumultus.

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