adjective \t-ˈməl-chə-wəs, ty-, tə-, -chəs; -ˈməlch-wəs\

: loud, excited, and emotional

: involving a lot of violence, confusion, or disorder

Full Definition of TUMULTUOUS

:  marked by tumult :  loud, excited, and emotional <tumultuous applause>
:  tending or disposed to cause or incite a tumult <the laws … were violated by a tumultuous faction — Edward Gibbon>
:  marked by violent or overwhelming turbulence or upheaval <tumultuous passions>
tu·mul·tu·ous·ly adverb
tu·mul·tu·ous·ness noun

Examples of TUMULTUOUS

  1. The returning astronauts were given a tumultuous welcome.
  2. The room filled with tumultuous applause.
  3. 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


(see tumult)
First Known Use: circa 1548


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