commotion

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French commocion, from Latin commōtiōnem, accusative singular of commōtiō, from commōtus, perfect passive participle of commoveō.

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NounEdit

commotion (plural commotions)

  1. A state of turbulent motion.
  2. An agitated disturbance or a hubbub.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, The China Governess[1]:
      When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. He had him gripped firmly by the arm, since he felt it was not safe to let him loose, and he had no immediate idea what to do with him.
  3. (euphemistic) Sexual excitement.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure Part 3
      and now, glancing my eyes towards that part of his dress which cover'd the essential object of enjoyment, I plainly discover'd the swell and commotion there

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FrenchEdit

NounEdit

commotion f (plural commotions)

  1. concussion (head injury)
  2. shock, surprise
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