Definition of tumult in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞oˌməlt/


[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.
clamor, din, noise, racket, uproar, hue and cry, commotion, ruckus, maelstrom, rumpus, hubbub, pandemonium, babel, bedlam, brouhaha, furor, fracas, melee, frenzy
informal hullabaloo
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.

  • truffle from late 16th century:

    This word for a type of fungus is probably via Dutch from obsolete French truffle, perhaps based on Latin tubera, the plural of tuber ‘hump, swelling’, also the source of tuber (late 17th century). Use of the word in confectionery dates from the 1920s. The related verb tumere ‘to swell’ is the source of tumult (Late Middle English)

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Syllabification: tu·mult

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