- full of tumult or riotousness; marked by disturbance and uproar: a tumultuous celebration.
- raising a great clatter and commotion; disorderly or noisy: a tumultuous crowd of students.
- highly agitated, as the mind or emotions; distraught; turbulent.
Origin of tumultuous
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Examples from the Web for tumultuous
William Marshal was born in 1147, and his life was tumultuous from the beginning.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
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Exploring the pangs of this tumultuous relationship is what most attracted Kent to this project.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year
November 30, 2014
And by 1918 there had been a tumultuous upheaval of the four dynasties that dominated East and Central Europe.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
Ferdinand Cheval was born the son of peasants in the tumultuous, newly democratic France.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
The decision to cease operations at the multi-site church is the culmination of a tumultuous year.Megachurch Mars Hill To close Doors: What Does the Future Hold Now?
November 2, 2014
Bonnet, false front, and spectacles were tossed in a tumultuous pile.Tiverton Tales
He tore his hair, and beat his breast, with tumultuous agony.Imogen
When he awoke, he saw, as in a mirror, a solution to the tumultuous drama of his life.The Manxman
They continued to smoke, but their meditations were tumultuous and revengeful.A Waif of the Mountains
Edward S. Ellis
"This book, at least, must be true," ran his tumultuous thoughts.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- uproarious, riotous, or turbulenta tumultuous welcome
- greatly agitated, confused, or disturbeda tumultuous dream
- making a loud or unruly disturbancetumultuous insurgents
Word Origin and History for tumultuous
1540s, from Old French tumultuous (Modern French tumultueux), from Latin tumultuosus, from tumultus (see tumult). Related: Tumultuously.