Pronunciation: (tOO'mult, tyOO'-), [key]
1. violent and noisy commotion or disturbance of a crowd or mob; uproar: The tumult reached its height during the premier's speech.
2. a general outbreak, riot, uprising, or other disorder: The tumult moved toward the embassy.
3. highly distressing agitation of mind or feeling; turbulent mental or emotional disturbance: His placid facade failed to conceal the tumult of his mind.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.