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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Sheila confessed that she spends most of her time in a tumult of anger and disbelief.
▪ All the coolant hit the engine block in a tumult of steam.
▪ Brown has kept the tumult at bay.
▪ His voice is shaken by the tumult of his feelings ... Outside some one touches you ... with a light greeting.
▪ If it had been incredible before it was more so now, this whirling tumult in her blood.
▪ The tumult died away, and presently Moon-Watcher could hear the sound of a body being dragged over rocks.
▪ The tumult of war had undoubtedly touched Leonard, though his immediate family were spared its direct horrors.
▪ Theirs is a complex and lifelong friendship, even when the tumult of the times separates them for many years.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tumult \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.

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

  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.


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

Importuning and tumulting even to the fear of a revolt.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French tumult (12c.), from Latin tumultus "commotion, bustle, uproar, disorder, disturbance," related to tumere "to be excited, swell" (see tumid).


n. 1 Confused, agitated noise as made by a crowd. 2 Violent commotion or agitation, often with confusion of sounds. 3 A riot or uprising. vb. (context obsolete English) To make a tumult; to be in great commotion.

  1. n. a state of commotion and noise and confusion [syn: tumultuousness, uproar, garboil]

  2. violent agitation [syn: turmoil]

  3. the act of making a noisy disturbance [syn: commotion, din, ruction, ruckus, rumpus]


Tumult can refer to:

  • violent and noisy commotion or disturbance of a crowd.
  • a general outbreak or disorder, riot.
  • mental or emotional disturbance.


  • Tumult Records, an independent record label based in San Francisco.
  • Tumult (album), an album by Dutch punk rock band The Ex.
  • Tumult, the twelfth song from Stone Sour (album)
  • HMS Tumult, the name of two ships of the Royal Navy
Tumult (album)

Tumult is the third album by Dutch punk rock band The Ex, originally released in 1983.

Usage examples of "tumult".

So might we better now agen, If we knew how, as then we did, To use them rightly in our need: 550 Tumults, by which the mutinous Betray themselves instead of us.

But the dark Ammonite returned to the mat of lionskin, her hair a garish tumult about her shoulders, and gazed at Saul with lovelorn eyes.

The violin was in the grape arbour, singing a perfect jumble of everything, poured out in an exultant tumult.

He shot out a window in a jewelry store, adding another siren to the tumult of sounds on the street and bolstering the chaos.

Before Chun Laro could drive forward, a muffled tumult stopped all motion in the throne room.

The tumult of luxury entertained him: the blasts of chypre from the birds, the hissing farthingales and Hainault lace, the net stockings and gem stuck pumps, the headdresses starched and spangled and meshed and fluted, the plucked eyebrows and frizzled hair, the lynx, genet and Calabrian sable stinking in the wet, the gauzy cache-nez drawn over nose and chin in the gardens and referred to in the careless vulgarity of the mode as coffins a roupies.

By some accident or other the company could not give the piece that had been announced, and the audience were in a tumult.

By a dexterous application to his sensual appetites, they compared the tranquillity, the splendor, the refined pleasures of Rome, with the tumult of a Pannonian camp, which afforded neither leisure nor materials for luxury.

The ear of mortal never heard such a delirious, delicious, such a crystalline, argentine, ivory-smooth, velvety-soft, such a ravishing, such an enravished tumult of sweet voices.

The basalt pillars, fitted one into the other, measured from forty to fifty feet in height, and the water, calm in spite of the tumult outside, washed their base.

It was the first time he had spoken without any trace of reserve to her, for even on the tower, though there had been tumult in his voice and a fierceness of some strange passion in his words, there had been struggle in his manner, as if the pressure of feeling forced him to speak in despite of something which bade him keep silence.

He goes through the crowded thoroughfares, through cluttered places, through factories, hotels, wharves, sits in railway trains, and the glare and tumult and pulsation, the engines and locomotives and cranes, the whole mad phantasmagoria of the modern city, evoke images in him, inflame him to reproduce them in all their weight and gianthood and mass, their blackness and luridness and power.

And beyond the arch of the Rive Alto, a tumult of activity was beginning on the waterways, gilded bissone belonging to Stregazzan supporters vying for position with ships of the Serenissiman navy.

Soon should I leap the gulph, soon should forget every prudent and colder prospect in the tumult of my soul, did not that cursed spectre ever shoot across my path to dash my transports, and to mar my enjoyments.

He had hardly recovered from this disappointment than he was again thrown into a tumult by the receipt of a mysterious package from the custom-house containing an intaglio ring.