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as in: couldn't hear over the tumult Define
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.
  • The performance was followed by tumultuous applause.

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  • Then an unmistakable voice rose above the tumult and there was immediate silence.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Then came a ringing and knocking at the front door, that grew at last tumultuous,
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • At a wave of my hand my deliverers hurried tumultuously away.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • the music swells tumultuously.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • 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
  • 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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as in: tumult in financial markets Define
confusion or disorder -- often noisy
  • There is tumult in Tijuana as drug cartels fight for control.
  • tumultuous years of his youth

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  • Afghanistan’s tumultuous history.
  • The waiting backcloth jumped into tumultuous life and the meeting was stopped.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • A great cry went up from the people as they saw crashing, tumultuous waters fill the dark hole.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • I splashed through the tumultuous water,
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • ...and, coming round the corner to join the tumult, was promptly knocked off his feet into...
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • 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
  • ...a juggernaut of thunder wheeled over the stony heavens in a spark-throwing tumult.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • 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

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  • In the tumult of the kitchen, she cannot find a can opener, but she does find a paring knife in Madame Manec’s knife drawer and the large coarse brick Madame used to prop open the fireplace grate.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • In the corner of her great-uncle’s study, amid a tumult of books, he finds a copy of Birds of America.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • These stories spread abroad, and caused great tumult and alarm.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  Grandfather’s Chair
  • What a tumult of emotions rushed upon me at this startling intelligence
    Melville, Herman  --  Typee
  • Adam was in a state of intellectual tumult, which had no parallel in his experience.
    Stoker, Bram  --  The Lair of the White Worm
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  • The house broke into a wild tumult.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • At this shocking impiety, the tumult died away.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down

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  • Only a few noted Catelyn and Ser Desmond amidst the tumult, but they elbowed their fellows, and slowly a hush grew around her.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • During the tumult the few remaining wildlings melted into the trees.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • The sky was a tumult of discolored clouds: it looked full of billowing dirty washing.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • Yet there were days that haunted the decade and presaged the tumultuous changes of the later sixties.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • If the mere imposition of a tax could raise such a tumult what should be the result of the terrible system of oppression instituted by the Yankees?
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • But above all the noise and tumult of the crowd could be heard the merchants’ voices loudly advertising their products.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • In this tumultuous time I grew ever closer to my brother Tsalig.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • ’Wuthering’ being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • Fifty feet from the door a dozen headlights illuminated a bizarre and tumultuous scene.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • How all my brain was in tumult, and all my heart in insurrection!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He strode down the hill amid the tumult of sudden-risen vapours of wounded pride and fallen hope and baffled desire.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Mrs. Snagsby and Mrs. Chadband are proceeding to grow shrill in indignation when Mr. Chadband quiets the tumult by lifting up his hand.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The case appeared to be enormously thick, and it was possible that the faint sounds we heard represented a noisy tumult in the interior.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The upraised hand of Mr. Justice Wargrave calmed the tumult.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • She had been frightened to discover how tumultuous a feeling could be roused in her.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • How many souls perish in its tumult!
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • There was a tumult of complaint that it wasn’t fair how Bernard and Alai had shot them all when they weren’t ready.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Then suddenly there was a tumult of fierce cries.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • And Scarlett was in a tumult about Ashley.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Then they joined in with the applause, which was tumultuous at the Gryffindor table in particular.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • In these days of toil and tumult one has great needs of the country and its message of purity.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • "To the gate, knaves!" said the Saxon, hastily, as soon as the tumult was so much appeased that the dependants could hear his voice.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Charley, my dear chap, your dinner was extremely good, and in consequence these men here look upon a quiet rubber as a tumultuous occupation.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The many lives that stirred amid this tumult were, however, divided into parts, classed as distinct pictures.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He brightened at the words "Park Avenue" and drove off through the tumultuous traffic.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • At the end of his long day of work and prayer, Baba Hajji created a tumult upon his return home.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He recalled his visions of broken-bladed glory, but in the shadow of the impending tumult he suspected them to be impossible pictures.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • THE WISDOM OF THOLOMYES In the meantime, while some sang, the rest talked together tumultuously all at once; it was no longer anything but noise.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Around him darkness, fog, solitude, the stormy and nonsentient tumult, the undefined curling of those wild waters.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Whenever she cried, he thought, it was a storm, a passionate tumult.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • I will sit still one moment before I emerge into that chaos, that tumult.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • When the blaze and the tumult had passed, he looked down upon an eerily illuminated scene.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • "This is the miracle of tongues," Rife shouts above the tumult.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Then, amid tumultuous applause, out walked t n e Gordie Howe, one of the legends of the game.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He watched Leon storming away, pushing his way through the tumultuous corridor, disappearing into the swarming stream of boys.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • "Our best bet is to try to get out of the city proper, and then circle back when the tumult’s died down."
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • And as this tumult swayed him, as he slid the big blade slowly from the sheath, Athena came to him from the sky.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The voice became more and more indistinct; a tumultuous movement shook the partition.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I launch eagerly into this resounding tumult.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It was like a chap in the middle of the eruption of a volcano, saying that he might just manage to bolt into the tumult and set fire to a haystack.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Very suddenly there came back to my soul motion and sound—the tumultuous motion of the heart, and, in my ears, the sound of its beating.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • A honey-voiced man dressed in black, with a frock coat and a hat that was too big for him, was directing the tumult.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Images of tumult form in his head.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Thus, before he was eight, Eugene gained another roof and lost forever the tumultuous, unhappy, warm centre of his home.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He was trying to still a rising strange tumult in his breast.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • What struck him most now was the girl’s blanched face, the strong, nervous clasp of her hands, the visible tumult of her bosom.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Relaxation and thought brought consciousness of the heat of her blood, the beat and throb and swell of her heart, of the tumult within her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • The white-haired man stood, holding in a tumult of six dogs, and bawling orders over their din.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
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