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English definition of “tumult”


noun [C or U]     /ˈtjuː.mʌlt/ US  /ˈtuː-/ formal
a loud noise , especially that produced by an excited crowd , or a state of confusion , change , or uncertainty : You couldn't hear her speak over the tumult from the screaming fans . From every direction , people were running and shouting and falling over each other in a tumult of confusion . The financial markets are in tumult.Noise and noisy
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