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Meaning of COMMOTION

Pronunciation:  ku'mowshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of making a noisy disturbance
  2. [n]  confused movement; "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a commotion of people fought for the exits"
  3. [n]  a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"

COMMOTION is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: din, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, stir, to-do, tumult, turmoil, whirl
 See Also: ado, bustle, disorder, disturbance, flurry, fuss, garboil, hustle, incident, motion, movement, stir, storm, storm center, storm centre, tempest, tumult, tumultuousness, uproar



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Com*mo"tion\, n. [L. commotio: cf. F. commotion. See
1. Disturbed or violent motion; agitation.

         [What] commotion in the winds !       --Shak.

2. A popular tumult; public disturbance; riot.

         When ye shall hear of wars and commotions. --Luke
                                               xxi. 9.

3. Agitation, perturbation, or disorder, of mind; heat;
   excitement. ``He could not debate anything without some
   commotion.'' --Clarendon.

Syn: Excitement; agitation; perturbation; disturbance;
     tumult; disorder; violence.

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