What does commotion mean?

Definitions for commotion
kəˈmoʊ ʃəncom·mo·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disturbance, disruption, commotion, flutter, hurly burly, to-do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfufflenoun

    a disorderly outburst or tumult

    "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"

  2. commotion, din, ruction, ruckus, rumpus, tumultnoun

    the act of making a noisy disturbance

  3. whirl, commotionnoun

    confused movement

    "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a commotion of people fought for the exits"


  1. commotionnoun

    A state of turbulent motion.

  2. commotionnoun

    An agitated disturbance or a hubbub.

  3. commotionnoun

    sexual excitement

  4. Etymology: From commotionem, accusative singular of commotio, from commotus, perfect passive participle of commoveo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Commotionnoun

    Etymology: commotio, Latin.

    By flatt’ry he hath won the common hearts;
    And when he’ll please to make commotion,
    ’Tis to be fear’d they all will follow him. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    When ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified. Luke xxi. 9.

    The Iliad consists of battles and a continual commotion; the Odyssey in patience and wisdom. William Broome, Notes on the Odyss.

    Some strange commotion
    Is in his brain; he bites his lips, and starts. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    He could not debate any thing without some commotion, when the argument was not of moment. Edward Hyde.

    Sacrifices were offered when an earthquake happened, that he would allay the commotions of the water, and put an end to the earthquake. John Woodward, Natural History, p. iii.


  1. Commotion

    Commotion is a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival from the album Green River, and was also the B-side of the single release of the album's title track. In 1980, Tombstone Shadow b/w Commotion was released as a single in the United States. While released as a B-side, Commotion reached #30 in the United States and #16 in Germany. It was written by John Fogerty and recorded at Wally Heider's Studios in San Francisco in June 1969. The 45rpm was the debut session of the band at Wally Heider's and the first collaboration with engineer Russ Gary. Commotion is a chaotic rockabilly song, which depicts the manic side of life in New York. 40 years later, John Fogerty put the lyrics about traffic in the city, freeways, hurrying and rushing to broader context: "I was writing about what was in the air, and that was what came out of me. I was just doing what came naturally." Fogerty also recalls borrowing the beat of the song from a train.


  1. commotion

    Commotion is a state of confused and noisy disturbance, often caused by a large mass of people. It can also refer to a sudden, short period of noise, confusion, or excited activity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commotionnoun

    disturbed or violent motion; agitation

  2. Commotionnoun

    a popular tumult; public disturbance; riot

  3. Commotionnoun

    agitation, perturbation, or disorder, of mind; heat; excitement

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of commotion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of commotion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of commotion in a Sentence

  1. Katty Castro:

    Since this is a very quiet neighborhood I was surprised to hear a commotion, laughs and four gentlemen pushing one of my lady residents under a heavy storm in Florida, they were pushing her up the big slope toward her residence. These heroes were so focused on helping regardless of the inclement weather and they were even covering her with an umbrella, which showed more compassion on their part.

  2. The Tanzanian source:

    When Emwazi and his friends were told they would not be allowed to enter Tanzania, they caused a commotion and tried to force their way out of the airport, i think the stop order against Emwazi and his friends was issued at the request of the British intelligence service.

  3. Lou Riolo:

    After thinking on it for a few days, I came up with the idea of asking the entire auditorium to stay silent so that Jack could receive his diploma, we planned on doing it immediately after the singing of the National Anthem because we knew Jack sitting there with all the commotion for over 45 minutes would be too much.

  4. Tryon Edwards:

    Anxiety is the poison of human life; the parent of many sins and of more miseries. In a world where everything is doubtful, and where we may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment, why this restless stir and commotion of mind? Can it alter the cause, or unravel the mystery of human events?

  5. Nicolas Maduros:

    What the U.S. empire is doing with its puppets is an internal provocation, they wanted to generate a great national commotion, but they didnt achieve it.

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    A carry
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