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English noun: commotion

1. commotion (state) a disorderly outburst or tumult

SamplesThey were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused.

Synonymsdisruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do

Broader (hypernym)disorder

Narrower (hyponym)convulsion, earthquake, garboil, incident, splash, stir, storm, storm center, storm centre, tempest, tumult, tumultuousness, turmoil, upheaval, uproar

2. commotion (act) the act of making a noisy disturbance

Synonymsdin, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult

Broader (hypernym)disturbance

Narrower (hyponym)ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir

3. commotion (event) confused movement

SamplesHe was caught up in a whirl of work.
A commotion of people fought for the exits.


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

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