noun[usually in singular]
- 1A loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people: a tumult of shouting and screaming broke outMore example sentences
- 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 songsMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French tumulte or Latin tumultus.