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March 01, 2008
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Saturday, 1st March 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Tumult



( Noun )



Pronunciation : too-mùlt


Definition



1. a violent or noisy commotion

2. a psychological or emotional upheaval or agitation

3. sounds or a sound especially when loud, confused or disagreeable

4. a quarrel, fight or disturbance marked by very noisy, disorderly and often violent behavior

5. an interruption of regular procedure or of public peace

6. violent agitation


Etymology:


14th century - Directly or via French tumulte - Latin tumultus - commotion - tumere - swell


Synonyms


uproar, commotion, clamor, hubbub, hullabaloo, din, turmoil, furor, mayhem, confusion, chaos, disorder, turbulence, upheaval, turmoil, confusion, turbulence

• Tumult applies only to people.

• Turmoil is confusion and agitation for people and things.


Antonyms


calm, peace, quiet, calmness, push


Contextual Examples:


• I spend much time in a tumult of anger and disbelief.

• Better than any other he gives a picture of the infinite struggles, clamor, railing and tumult of party.

• The tumult reached its height during the premier's speech.

• The tumult moved toward the embassy.

• His placid facade failed to conceal the tumult of his mind.


Related Words:


• tumultuous : Adjective

• tumultuously : Adverb

• tumultuousness : Noun


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