Definition of tumult noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtjuːmʌlt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtuːmʌlt//
    [uncountable, countable, usually singular] (formal)
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  1. 1a confused situation in which there is usually a lot of noise and excitement, often involving large numbers of people the tumult of war A tumult of shouting and screaming came from within the house. They waited for the tumult to die down. Soon all was in tumult.
  2. 2a state in which your thoughts or feelings are confused a troubled mind in tumult He was shaken by the tumult of his feelings.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French tumulte or Latin tumultus.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tumult