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.
Recent Examples of tumultuous from the Web
The former FBI director’s testimony about the president who fired him is sure to be a pivotal event in Trump’s already tumultuous presidency.
From his writings on the 2006 Duke lacrosse-team rape scandal, which gave the then–college junior national media exposure, to an alleged association with a white-nationalist advocate, William D. Cohan dives deep into Miller’s tumultuous past.
This regular session was marked by emotional, tumultuous times.
Ultimately, after three tumultuous public hearings, the proposal failed to gain approval at a March 6 meeting.
Four and a half months later — and 3½ months before the season opener in Green Bay — the tightness of those connections are very much in question after a tumultuous offseason.
The jury verdict capped a tumultuous legal journey and a trial marked by dramatic outbursts, Matt Campbell reports.
The tumultuous saga of Flagstone Island Gardens is finally coming to a head after 16 years of lawsuits, delays and deadline extensions.
Trump’s trip follows a tumultuous couple of weeks for his administration at home, and there is a tradition for that as well.
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Origin and Etymology of tumultuous
First Known Use: circa 1548
TUMULTUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tumultuous for English Language Learners
: loud, excited, and emotional
: involving a lot of violence, confusion, or disorder
TUMULTUOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of tumultuous for Students
: characterized by uproar a tumultuous welcome
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