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[too-muhl-choo-uh s, 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
Related forms
tumultuously, adverb
tumultuousness, noun
nontumultuous, adjective
nontumultuously, adverb
nontumultuousness, noun
untumultuous, adjective
untumultuously, adverb
untumultuousness, noun
1. uproarious, turbulent, violent. 2. boisterous. 3. unquiet.
1–3. calm, quiet. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tumultuously
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  • His heart was beating so tumultuously he feared all heard it.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • It drove on tumultuously, and a mad turgid flood came on behind.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • He had not yet knocked; for his heart was beating, tumultuously, and he knew that he was afraid of the word that might greet him.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • They looked to see it break up as suddenly and tumultuously as it had been formed.

  • Did ever heart beat so tumultuously as mine, as I pushed the boat from under the boughs and began to row?

    Dead Man's Rock Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Young people hailed it tumultuously and cherished it tenderly.

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

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • On the floor were newspapers by the score, thrown about tumultuously.

    The Great God Success John Graham (David Graham Phillips)
  • However, all these thoughts that tumultuously raced through my mind must be thrust aside in favor of the business in hand.

    The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells
  • Such were the ideas that, during the night, were tumultuously revolved by me.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for tumultuously


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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