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 for commotion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Commotion \Com*mo"tion\, n. [L. commotio: cf. F. commotion. See
     1. Disturbed or violent motion; agitation.
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              [What] commotion in the winds !       --Shak.
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     2. A popular tumult; public disturbance; riot.
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              When ye shall hear of wars and commotions. --Luke
                                                    xxi. 9.
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     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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the
           furious disturbance they had caused" [syn: disturbance,
           disruption, commotion, flutter, hurly burly, to-
           do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle]
      2: the act of making a noisy disturbance [syn: 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" [syn: whirl,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  185 Moby Thesaurus words for "commotion":
     Bedlam let loose, ado, agitation, annoyance, bedlam, blast,
     bluster, bobbery, boil, boiling, bother, botheration, brawl, broil,
     brouhaha, burst, bustle, cacophony, chaos, charivari, chirm, churn,
     clamor, clangor, clap, clatter, coil, communal, confusion,
     conjoint, conjunct, conturbation, convulsion, din, discomposure,
     discord, disorder, disquiet, disquietude, disturbance, dither,
     donnybrook, donnybrook fair, drunken brawl, dustup, ebullience,
     ebullition, eddy, effervescence, embroilment, excitement,
     fanaticism, feery-fary, ferment, fermentation, fever, feverishness,
     fidgetiness, fidgets, fit, flap, flurry, fluster, flutter,
     flutteration, flutteriness, foment, fomentation, foofaraw, fracas,
     free-for-all, frenzy, fume, furor, furore, fury, fuss, fussiness,
     hassle, hell broke loose, helter-skelter, howl, hubbub,
     hue and cry, hullabaloo, hurly-burly, hurrah, hurry, hurry-scurry,
     inquietude, insurgence, insurrection, irritation, jangle, jitters,
     joint, jumpiness, lather, loud noise, maelstrom, malaise, melee,
     moil, mutiny, mutual, nerviness, nervosity, nervousness, noise,
     noise and shouting, outcry, pandemonium, passion, pell-mell,
     perturbation, pother, public, racket, rage, rampage, rattle,
     rebellion, restlessness, revolt, rhubarb, riot, roar, roil,
     rough-and-tumble, roughhouse, rout, row, ruckus, ruction, ruffle,
     rumble, rumpus, scramble, seethe, seething, shared, shindig,
     shindy, shivaree, spasm, spurt, stew, stir, storm, storminess,
     strain, sweat, swirl, swirling, tempestuousness, tension, thunder,
     thunderclap, tintamarre, to-do, trepidation, trepidity, trouble,
     tumult, tumultuation, tumultuousness, turbidity, turbulence,
     turmoil, twitter, unease, unquiet, unrest, upheaval, uprising,
     uproar, upset, upturn, vexation, vortex, whirl, wildness,
     yeastiness, zeal, zealousness

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