[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 tumultuously

Historical Examples of tumultuously

  • It drove on tumultuously, and a mad turgid flood came on behind.

    The Greater Power

    Harold Bindloss

  • She put her lips to the child's neck and kissed it tumultuously.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • They looked to see it break up as suddenly and tumultuously as it had been formed.

  • You were not serious, that was not the true reason—what you said about marriage, he said tumultuously.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson

  • Young people hailed it tumultuously and cherished it tenderly.


    George Borrow

British Dictionary definitions for tumultuously



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 tumultuously



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

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