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tumult
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1  —as in:
couldn't hear over the tumult
Definition loud noise — usually created by an unrestrained crowd or some kind of confusion
  • The announcement was greeted with such a tumult that the speaker couldn't be heard.
tumult = loud noise — usually created by an unrestrained crowd or some kind of confusion
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The performance was followed by tumultuous applause.
  • Then came a ringing and knocking at the front door, that grew at last tumultuous,
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • tumultuous = loud disorderly noise
  • Then an unmistakable voice rose above the tumult and there was immediate silence.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • tumult = loud noise — usually created by an unrestrained crowd or some kind of confusion
  • ...as the music swells tumultuously.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • tumultuously = in a loud, unrestrained manner
  • At a wave of my hand my deliverers hurried tumultuously away.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • tumultuously = in a noisy disorderly manner
  • The chanting died down, giving place to a clamour; then it began again, and suddenly broke into a tumult.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • tumult = loud, confusing noise from an unrestrained crowd
  • A great tumult arose, in the midst of which even the noise of thunder could not have been heard.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After
  • The case appeared to be enormously thick, and it was possible that the faint sounds we heard represented a noisy tumult in the interior.
    Wells, H.G.  --  The War Of The Worlds

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2  —as in:
tumult in financial markets
Definition confusion or disorder — often noisy
  • There is tumult in Tijuana as drug cartels fight for control.
tumult = confusion or disorder
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • tumultuous years of his youth
  • Afghanistan's tumultuous history.
  • The waiting backcloth jumped into tumultuous life and the meeting was stopped.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • tumultuous = turbulent (confused or disordered)
  • His thoughts had rushed through his head so tumultuously that perhaps he hadn't got them down in order clearly and sanely.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • tumultuously = turbulently (with confusion and disorder)
  • She remains by the table, picks up a piece from the glass menagerie collection, and turns it in her hands to cover her tumult.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • tumult = turmoil (confusion)
  • A great cry went up from the people as they saw crashing, tumultuous waters fill the dark hole.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • tumultuous = turbulent (confused or disordered)
  • ...a juggernaut of thunder wheeled over the stony heavens in a spark-throwing tumult.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • tumult = a situation of noisy confusion & disorder
  • ...and, coming round the corner to join the tumult, was promptly knocked off his feet into...
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • tumult = confusion or disorder (often noisy)
  • I splashed through the tumultuous water,
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
tumultuous = turbulent (confused and disordered)

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