violent or tumultuous motion; agitation; noisy disturbance: What's all the commotion in the hallway?
political or social disturbance or upheaval; sedition; insurrection.

1520–30; < Latin commōtiōn- (stem of commōtiō), equivalent to commōt(us) past participle of commovēre to commove + -iōn- -ion

commotional, adjective
commotive, adjective

1. disorder, turmoil, tumult, riot, turbulence, bustle. See ado. Unabridged
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commotion (kəˈməʊʃən)
1.  violent disturbance; upheaval
2.  political insurrection; disorder
3.  a confused noise; din
[C15: from Latin commōtiō, from commovēre to throw into disorder, from com- (intensive) + movēre to move]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from M.Fr. commocion "violent motion, agitation," from L. commotionem (nom. commotio), from commotus, pp. of commovere "to move, disturb," from com- "together" + movere "to move" (see move).
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Idioms & Phrases


see cause a commotion.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
But it still escapes many politicians, who blindly uproot flowers, ignorant of
  the celestial commotion that may ensue.
He is drowned out by the shouts and general commotion.
Firecrackers were let off in droves, and there was much commotion on the street.
Then he named a figure that forty years ago would have caused a commotion.
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