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tumult

[too-muh lt, tyoo-] /ˈtu məlt, ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
violent and noisy commotion or disturbance of a crowd or mob; uproar:
The tumult reached its height during the premier's speech.
2.
a general outbreak, riot, uprising, or other disorder:
The tumult moved toward the embassy.
3.
highly distressing agitation of mind or feeling; turbulent mental or emotional disturbance:
His placid facade failed to conceal the tumult of his mind.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English tumult(e) < Latin tumultus an uproar, akin to tumēre to swell
Synonyms
1. disorder, turbulence. See ado. 2. revolt, revolution, mutiny. 3. excitement, perturbation.
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  • The fascinating thing is that he looks the same even with this cultural and generational tumult underway all around him.
British Dictionary definitions for tumult

tumult

/ˈtjuːmʌlt/
noun
1.
a loud confused noise, as of a crowd; commotion
2.
violent agitation or disturbance
3.
great emotional or mental agitation
Word Origin
C15: from Latin tumultus, from tumēre to swell up
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Word Origin and History for tumult
n.

early 15c., from Old French tumulte (12c.), from Latin tumultus "commotion, disturbance," related to tumere "to be excited, swell" (see thigh).

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