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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
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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Examples for tumultuously
  • Not only were the battalions welcomed tumultuously by the populace with music and flags, but they were entertained.
  • Bodies whirl through the characters' mysterious lives as tumultuously as snowflakes.
  • The crowd was in doubt as to what was intended, but followed, cheering tumultuously.
British Dictionary definitions for tumultuously

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 tumultuously

tumultuous

adj.

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

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