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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