tumultuous

adjective
tu·​mul·​tu·​ous | \ tu̇-ˈməl-chə-wəs How to pronounce tumultuous (audio) , tyu̇-, tə-, -chəs; -ˈməlch-wəs\

Definition of tumultuous

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

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Other Words from tumultuous

tumultuously adverb
tumultuousness noun

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 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 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 returning astronauts were given a tumultuous welcome. The room filled with tumultuous applause.
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After decades of labor peace and undeniable prosperity, Major League Baseball players have experienced a tumultuous few years. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB players survey: Sounding off on umps, shifts, steroids - and whether to strike back," 28 June 2018 There is obviously a lot to talk about with Sandberg, who oversees the Silicon Valley social media giant’s business operations, and Schroepfer, who leads tech strategies there, about its tumultuous year. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Mike Schroepfer are coming to Code (to explain it all for us)," 10 May 2018 Monkey Paw had a tumultuous year — new brewers and new owners (it’s now part of Coronado Brewing’s empire). Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Winning the World: Local brewers take global honors," 10 May 2018 After a tumultuous year in stormy seas, Tesla is making progress toward a safe harbor. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Tesla Ramps Up Model 3 Production and Predicts Profits This Fall," 2 May 2018 The Supreme Court’s languid pace comes after two tumultuous years. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Is Making History—With Its Snail’s Pace," 19 Apr. 2018 Next week's episode will deal with Beth and Randall's tumultuous relationship. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Furious With Kevin After the Latest Episode," 20 Mar. 2019 The tumultuous reign of England’s Edward II lasted from 1307 to 1327, but his legacy would linger much longer in the British consciousness. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019 So what led to the pair's tumultuous divorce in 1973? Maria Carter, Country Living, "Priscilla Presley Gets Brutally Honest About Why She Had to Divorce Elvis," 13 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of tumultuous

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tumultuous

see tumult

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The first known use of tumultuous was circa 1548

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tumultuous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tumultuous

: loud, excited, and emotional
: involving a lot of violence, confusion, or disorder

tumultuous

adjective
tu·​mul·​tu·​ous | \ tu̇-ˈməl-chə-wəs How to pronounce tumultuous (audio) , tyu̇-\

Kids Definition of tumultuous

: characterized by uproar a tumultuous welcome

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