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English Dictionary: commotion by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
commotion
n
  1. a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
    Synonym(s): disturbance, disruption, commotion, flutter, hurly burly, to- do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle
  2. the act of making a noisy disturbance
    Synonym(s): commotion, din, ruction, ruckus, rumpus, tumult
  3. confused movement; "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a commotion of people fought for the exits"
    Synonym(s): whirl, commotion
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Commotion \Com*mo"tion\, n. [L. commotio: cf. F. commotion. See
      {Motion}.]
      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. [bd]He could not debate anything without some
            commotion.[b8] --Clarendon.
  
      Syn: Excitement; agitation; perturbation; disturbance;
               tumult; disorder; violence.
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