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[kuh-moh-shuh n] /kəˈmoʊ ʃən/
violent or tumultuous motion; agitation; noisy disturbance:
What's all the commotion in the hallway?
political or social disturbance or upheaval; sedition; insurrection.
Origin of commotion
1520-30; < Latin commōtiōn- (stem of commōtiō), equivalent to commōt(us) past participle of commovēre to commove + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
commotional, adjective
commotive, adjective
1. disorder, turmoil, tumult, riot, turbulence, bustle. See ado. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Nobody seemed particularly distracted by the commotion.
  • Obscured by all the commotion was the fact that, in this cold-war buildup, the weakest arm may still make all the difference.
  • But several customers express dismay about all the commotion.
  • Feathered commotion blocks the view, and it's unclear whether the romp is successful.
  • The grizzly may have curiously swiped at the tent with its daggered claws and then reacted to the inevitable commotion inside.
  • The exhausted group huddled near a pillar, wide-eyed at the commotion around them.
British Dictionary definitions for commotion


violent disturbance; upheaval
political insurrection; disorder
a confused noise; din
Derived Forms
commotional, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin commōtiō, from commovēre to throw into disorder, from com- (intensive) + movēre to move
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Word Origin and History for commotion

late 14c., from Middle French commocion "violent motion, agitation" (12c., Modern French commotion), from Latin commotionem (nominative commotio) "violent motion, agitation," noun of action from past participle stem of commovere "to move, disturb," from com- "together," or "thoroughly" (see com-) + movere "to move" (see move (v.)).

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