• WordNet 3.6
    • n tumult the act of making a noisy disturbance
    • n tumult violent agitation
    • n tumult a state of commotion and noise and confusion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tumult Irregular or confused motion; agitation; high excitement; as, the tumult of the spirits or passions.
    • Tumult The commotion or agitation of a multitude, usually accompanied with great noise, uproar, and confusion of voices; hurly-burly; noisy confusion. "What meaneth the noise of this tumult ?""Till in loud tumult all the Greeks arose."
    • v. i Tumult To make a tumult; to be in great commotion. "Importuning and tumulting even to the fear of a revolt."
    • Tumult Violent commotion or agitation, with confusion of sounds; as, the tumult of the elements.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tumult The commotion, disturbance, or agitation of a multitude, usually accompanied with great noise, uproar, and confused talking; an uproar; hence, a noisy uprising, as of a mob.
    • n tumult Violent commotion or agitation, with confusion of sounds.
    • n tumult Agitation; high excitement; irregular or confused motion.
    • n tumult Synonyms Disturbance, turbulence, confusion, hubbub, ferment, outbreak, mêlée.
    • tumult To make a tumult; be in great commotion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tumult tū′mult uproar of a multitude: violent agitation with confused sounds: high excitement
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  • Lord Byron
    “And yet a little tumult, now and then, is an agreeable quickener of sensation; such as a revolution, a battle, or an adventure of any lively description.”
  • Georges Bataille
    “Life has always taken place in a tumult without apparent cohesion, but it only finds its grandeur and its reality in ecstasy and in ecstatic love.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    “In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tumultus,; probably akin to Skr. tumula, noise, noisy, and perhaps to L. tumere, to swell, E. tumid,: cf. F. tumulte,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tumultustumēre, to swell.


In literature:

Left alone, Armida calls on her demons to destroy the palace, and the opera ends in wild confusion and tumult.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
Coriola'nus alone, in the midst of the tumult, seemed an unconcerned spectator.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
So saying, she tumult raised in Helen's mind.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
A tumult in the capital soon taught Hubert that he had other foes to fight against besides the feudal party.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
As for Stotzas, he succeeded in this tumult in escaping with a few men.
"History of the Wars, Books III and IV (of 8)" by Procopius
Leave the bustle and tumult of society to those who have not talents to occupy themselves without them.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Can this vain tumult of applause satisfy a heart like thine?
"Corinne, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Mme de Stael
Wide o'er the realm the growing tumults swell, And ask immediate force their rage to quell.
"Gustavus Vasa" by W. S. Walker
In the silence there was something terrifying about the tumult of those swift, oncoming feet.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
If this massacre did not occur in a dumb world we should hear all the horrible tumult of the slaughter-houses of Chicago.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Forward, then, To die and mingle in the tumult's blare.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
All within me was tumult and terror, and I rushed precipitately out of the house.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
So the roan fought on, till tumult rose within the cars.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
Mary Lincoln heard the growing tumult, and looked up at her father alarmed.
"The King's Men" by Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright
Tumult and coldness make uncongenial neighbors.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Immediately from every quarter of that ancient city uprose a tumult as of hell.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
One day Owain heard a great tumult, and a sound of arms in the Castle, and he enquired of the maiden the cause thereof.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 1 (of 3)"
The tumult and obscurity were such that Napoleon did not witness the casualty.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
It was thou, Caius Nepos, who checked the tumult then.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
It stamped upon the throbbing sea and made tumult in water and air.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day

In poetry:

Thou to Earth art still a stranger,
To Life's tumult and unrest;
Angel visitants alone
Stir the fountains in thy breast.
"Lines To D. G. T., Of Sherwood" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Still the ancient name rings on
And brings, in the untrampled wheat,
The tumult of a thousand feet.
"Viroconium" by Mary Webb
And high from our plunging bowsprit
Dashes the cold white spray,
And storm and tumult fill the air
And trouble the summer day.
"Thora" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
There the golden noon would find us
Dallying through the summer day,
All the waery world behind us -
All it's tumult far away.
"At The River Crossing" by Harry Breaker Morant
When storms arise, and tumults jar,
And wreck this mortal form,
There is a bright, a lovely star,
That shines above the storm.
"Hope" by James McCauley
Yes! Jesus rose—and while the wreck
Of nature leaves that thought to bless,
The sigh of bursting grief I'll check,
And still the tumult of distress:—
For Jesus rose—and I shall rise,
Tho' this poor crumbling body dies.
"Winter: Friday Evening" by John Bowring

In news:

A Chinese Leader Returns Amid Tumult .
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The Tumult & The Shouting.
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A timeline of UVA in tumult .
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Schneider Corp CEO's caring ways help firm survive tumult .
National, local gas prices fall despite storm tumult .
Blair, Gross, Other Experts Weigh in on Euro Tumult and Anti-Wall Street Protests.
Days of tumult preceded death.
Baltimore Ravens enduring plenty of tumult in 2012 season: Dennis Manoloff's Scouting Report.
JPMorgan tumult could be a sign of things to come.