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commotion

noun

  1. (disorder)  a disorderly outburst or tumult
    Synonyms: disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly, hurly burly, hurly-burly,...
  2. (din)  the act of making a noisy disturbance
    Synonyms: din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult. Type of: disturbance
  3. (movement)  confused movement
    Synonyms: whirl. Type of: movement

Etymology summary

Middle French commocion "violent motion, agitation" (12th century, Mod.French...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

commotion | upheaval [synonym, sense-specific] | disorder [synonym, sense-specific] | din [synonym, sense-specific] | commotional [adjective, derived]

violent disturbance; upheaval | political insurrection; disorder | a confused noise; din (10 of 518 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Commotion

a visual effects application, originally released by Puffin Designs. Puffin Designs was founded by Scott Squires and Forest Key to market Commotion. Commotion set a high standard for a rotoscoping application, introducing rotosplines and offering... (35 of 418 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

commotion | agitation [synonym, sense-specific] | to-do [synonym, sense-specific] | ado [synonym, sense-specific] | alarums and excursions [synonym, sense-specific] | ballyhoo [synonym, sense-specific] | blather [synonym, sense-specific] | bluster [synonym, sense-specific] | bobbery [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a condition of civil unrest or insurrection | steady or recurrent motion | mental excitement or confusion | an agitated disturbance; "to-do" ; noisy ... (21 of 208 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/commotion

Oxford Dictionary:

commotion

a state of confused and noisy disturbance | civil insurrection (9 of 73 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/commotion

American Heritage Dictionary:

commotion

A condition of turbulent motion. | An agitated disturbance; a hubbub | Civil disturbance or insurrection; disorder. (15 of 58 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/commotion

Wiktionary:

commotion | commotions [plural]

A state of turbulent motion. | An agitated disturbance or a hubbub. | [euphemism] sexual excitement (14 of 40 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/commotion

Macmillan British Dictionary:

commotion [countable/uncountable] | commotions [plural]

noise and confused activity (4 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/commotion

New World Dictionary:

commotion

violent motion; turbulence | a noisy rushing about; confusion; bustle | [archaic] a civil uprising | [archaic] mental agitation (16 of 34 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/commotion

Cambridge Dictionary:

commotion

a sudden short period of noise, confusion or excited movement (10 of 32 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

commotion

violent or tumultuous motion; agitation; noisy disturbance. | political or social disturbance or upheaval; sedition; insurrection. (15 of 29 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/commotion

Encarta Dictionary:

commotion

a scene of noisy confusion or activity (7 of 29 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599008​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

commotion

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Middle French commocion "violent motion, agitation" (12th century, Mod.French commotion), from Latin commotionem (nominative ... (17 of 41 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

commotion

Origin: Middle English commocioun, from Old French commotion, from Latin commōtiō, commōtiōn-, from commōtus, past ... (14 of 32 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

commotion

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin commōtiō, from commovēre to throw into disorder, from com- (intensive) + movēre to move

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/commotion

New World Dictionary:

commotion

Origin: Latin commotio from commotus, past participle of commovere, to move, disturb from com-, together + movere, to "move"

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Merriam-Webster:

commotion

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French commocion, from Latin commotion-, commotio, from commovēre

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/commotion

Wiktionary:

commotion | commotions [plural]

Origin: Latin commōtiōnem, accusative singular of commōtiō, from commōtus, perfect passive participle of commoveō.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/commotion

Oxford Dictionary:

commotion

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin commotio(n-), from com- "altogether" + motio (see "motion")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/commotion

Encarta Dictionary:

commotion

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin commotion- "intensive motion" from motion-

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599008​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

commotion

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "commotion"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

commotion [countable/uncountable] | commotions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "commotion"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/commotion

Macmillan British Dictionary:

commotion [countable/uncountable] | commotions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "commotion"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/commotion

Cambridge Dictionary:

commotion

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "commotion"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "commotion"

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the Free Dictionary:

commotion

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "commotion"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "commotion"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "commotion" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

commotion | commotions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "commotion"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

commotion

Audio: North American pronunciation of "commotion"

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YourDictionary Audio:

commotion

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "commotion" by speech synthesizer

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