[ too-muhl-choo-uhs, tyoo- ]
/ tuˈmʌl tʃu əs, tyu- /


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
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British Dictionary definitions for tumultuous


/ (tjuːˈmʌltjʊəs) /


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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