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as in:  couldn’t hear over the tumult

The announcement was greeted with such a tumult that the speaker couldn’t be heard.
  loud noise — usually created by an unrestrained crowd or some kind of confusion
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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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  • The announcement was greeted with such a tumult that the speaker couldn’t be heard.
  • The performance was followed by tumultuous applause.
  • 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

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  • 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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Associated words [difficulty]:   tumult [2]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Classic Literature, Religion & Spirtuality, Religion - Christianity
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