tumult

[too-muhlt, tyoo-]
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English tumult(e) < Latin tumultus an uproar, akin to tumēre to swell


1. disorder, turbulence. See ado. 2. revolt, revolution, mutiny. 3. excitement, perturbation.
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tumult (ˈtjuːmʌlt)
 
n
1.  a loud confused noise, as of a crowd; commotion
2.  violent agitation or disturbance
3.  great emotional or mental agitation
 
[C15: from Latin tumultus, from tumēre to swell up]

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tumult
early 15c., from O.Fr. tumulte (12c.), from L. tumultus "commotion, disturbance," related to tumere "to be excited, swell" (see thigh).
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Example sentences
People seem to want this, as opposed to urban tumult and squalor.
Cookbooks were thus a bulwark against the tumult of the times.
No great public tumult of ideas called this moment of change into being.
Given the tumult of the past few years, the barter system is starting to look
  good.
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