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tumultuous

[too-muhl-choo-uh s, tyoo-]
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  1. full of tumult or riotousness; marked by disturbance and uproar: a tumultuous celebration.
  2. raising a great clatter and commotion; disorderly or noisy: a tumultuous crowd of students.
  3. highly agitated, as the mind or emotions; distraught; turbulent.

Origin of tumultuous

1540–50; < Latin tumultuōsus, equivalent to tumultu(s) tumult + -ōsus -ous
Related formstu·mul·tu·ous·ly, adverbtu·mul·tu·ous·ness, nounnon·tu·mul·tu·ous, adjectivenon·tu·mul·tu·ous·ly, adverbnon·tu·mul·tu·ous·ness, nounun·tu·mul·tu·ous, adjectiveun·tu·mul·tu·ous·ly, adverbun·tu·mul·tu·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. uproarious, turbulent, violent. 2. boisterous. 3. unquiet.

Antonyms

1–3 calm, quiet.
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Examples from the Web for tumultuous

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  • Bonnet, false front, and spectacles were tossed in a tumultuous pile.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • He tore his hair, and beat his breast, with tumultuous agony.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • When he awoke, he saw, as in a mirror, a solution to the tumultuous drama of his life.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • They continued to smoke, but their meditations were tumultuous and revengeful.

  • "This book, at least, must be true," ran his tumultuous thoughts.


British Dictionary definitions for tumultuous

tumultuous

adjective
  1. uproarious, riotous, or turbulenta tumultuous welcome
  2. greatly agitated, confused, or disturbeda tumultuous dream
  3. making a loud or unruly disturbancetumultuous insurgents
Derived Formstumultuously, adverbtumultuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tumultuous

adj.

1540s, from Old French tumultuous (Modern French tumultueux), from Latin tumultuosus, from tumultus (see tumult). Related: Tumultuously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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