Definition of tumultuous
- tumultuous applause
- the laws … were violated by a tumultuous faction
- —Edward Gibbon
- tumultuous passions
The returning astronauts were given a tumultuous welcome.
The room filled with tumultuous applause.
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: loud, excited, and emotional
: involving a lot of violence, confusion, or disorder
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