Simple Definition of tumultuous
: loud, excited, and emotional
: involving a lot of violence, confusion, or disorder
Full Definition of tumultuous
Examples of tumultuous in a sentence
For someone with such a tumultuous inner world, the muscular choice-is-all school of moral philosophy could not be satisfactory. —Martha C. Nussbaum, New Republic, 31 Dec. 2001
The teams walked onto the field to tumultuous applause. —J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 1999
We were not accustomed to loran, and to pick up a buoy, as I now did with my binoculars, after thirty days of tumultuous seas, at precisely the time and angle that our charted position led us to anticipate, struck me as nothing short of miraculous. —Louis Auchincloss, “Atlantic War,” in Authors at Sea, Robert Shenk, ed., 1997
The tumultuous sensual undercurrent of the Orient had, like water in the desert, gone underground and though perhaps it bubbled up behind courtyard walls, in public places it kept out of sight. —Leila Hadley, Give Me the World, (1958) 1999
The returning astronauts were given a tumultuous welcome.
The room filled with tumultuous applause.
Origin of tumultuous
First Known Use: circa 1548
TUMULTUOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of tumultuous for Students
: characterized by uproar <a tumultuous welcome>
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