[too-muhl-choo-uhs, tyoo-]


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

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 for tumultuous

Antonyms for tumultuous

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

Contemporary Examples of tumultuous

Historical Examples of tumultuous

  • 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.


    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



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

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

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