tumult

If a principal steps into a classroom and is greeted by a tumult of voices, with the teacher shouting for his kids' attention, she will not be pleased. A tumult is a state of noisy confusion.

Very often a crowd of people will cause a tumult. But your mind can also be in tumult, when you're confused and overwhelmed by strong emotions. If you want an adjective to describe these types of bewildering situations, use tumultuous. Tumult is from the Latin tumultus "an uproar," which is related to the Latin verb tumēre "to be excited."

Definitions of tumult
  1. noun
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
    synonyms: garboil, tumultuousness, uproar, zoo
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    combustion
    a state of violent disturbance and excitement
    type of:
    commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
  2. noun
    violent agitation
    synonyms: turmoil
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    agitation
    the feeling of being agitated; not calm
  3. noun
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
    synonyms: commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus
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    ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir
    a rapid active commotion
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    disturbance
    the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
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