October 19, 2013
- tumult (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance2 : a great confusion of mind
- How do you use it?
- Jared experienced a tumult of emotions when he found out that his mother's promotion meant that they would be moving halfway across the country.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these sentences do you think uses "tumult" correctly?There should be no confusion about picking D. You can toss aside sentence A immediately, since the covering that Min is spreading on the ground to keep her plants from freezing is called "mulch," not "tumult." "Tumult" doesn't work in B either, where it's a triple "somersault" that might logically be included in the dive. Sentence C can also be eliminated, since it uses "tumult" as a verb in place of "tumble," the word that really fits there. That leaves the wildly celebrating fans in D as the source of the excitement.