October 19, 2013
tumult (noun)
\TOO-mult\ Hear it!
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.
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