tumultuous


Main Entry: tu·mul·tu·ous
Pronunciation: \t-ˈməl-chə-wəs, ty-, tə-, -chəs; -ˈməlch-wəs\
Function: adjective
Etymology: (see tumult)
Date: circa 1548
1
: marked by tumult : loud, excited, and emotional <tumultuous applause>
2
: tending or disposed to cause or incite a tumult <the laws … were violated by a tumultuous faction — Edward Gibbon>
3
: marked by violent or overwhelming turbulence or upheaval <tumultuous passions>
tu·mul·tu·ous·ly adverb
tu·mul·tu·ous·ness noun