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tumultuous

[too-muhl-choo-uh s, tyoo-] /tuˈmʌl tʃu əs, tyu-/
adjective
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
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin tumultuōsus, equivalent to tumultu(s) tumult + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
tumultuously, adverb
tumultuousness, noun
nontumultuous, adjective
nontumultuously, adverb
nontumultuousness, noun
untumultuous, adjective
untumultuously, adverb
untumultuousness, noun
Synonyms
1. uproarious, turbulent, violent. 2. boisterous. 3. unquiet.
Antonyms
1–3. calm, quiet.
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  • That thought will set his heart vibrating with tumultuous joy.

    A Man's Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis
  • Bonnet, false front, and spectacles were tossed in a tumultuous pile.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Corrie's spirit was in a tumultuous and very rebellious state.

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

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The tumultuous beating of both their hearts was audible amid the unbroken silence that ensued.

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
British Dictionary definitions for tumultuous

tumultuous

/tjuːˈmʌltjʊəs/
adjective
1.
uproarious, riotous, or turbulent: a tumultuous welcome
2.
greatly agitated, confused, or disturbed: a tumultuous dream
3.
making a loud or unruly disturbance: tumultuous insurgents
Derived Forms
tumultuously, adverb
tumultuousness, 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.

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