Tu"mult (?), n. [L.tumultus; probably akin to Skr. tumula noise, noisy, and perhaps to L. tumere to swell, E. tumid: cf. F. tumulte.]

1.

The commotion or agitation of a multitude, usually accompanied with great noise, uproar, and confusion of voices; hurly-burly; noisy confusion.

What meaneth the noise of this tumult ? 1 Sam. iv. 14.

Till in loud tumult all the Greeks arose. Pope.

2.

Violent commotion or agitation, with confusion of sounds; as, the tumult of the elements.

Addison.

3.

Irregular or confused motion; agitation; high excitement; as, the tumult of the spirits or passions.

Syn. -- Uproar; ferment; disturbance; turbulence; disorder; confusion; noise; bluster; hubbub; bustle; stir; brawl; riot.

 

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Tu"mult (?), v. i.

To make a tumult; to be in great commotion.

[Obs.]

Importuning and tumulting even to the fear of a revolt. Milton.

 

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