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as in:  tumult in financial markets

There is tumult in Tijuana as drug cartels fight for control.
  confusion or disorder — often noisy
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tumultuous tumult tumultuously
Note that tumult is the noun form. Although it is used less than tumultuous, it appears more frequently on SAT review lists.
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  • There is tumult in Tijuana as drug cartels fight for control.
  • 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

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  • 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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Associated words [difficulty]:   tumult [2]
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