tumultuous

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

Essential Meaning of tumultuous

1 : loud, excited, and emotional The returning astronauts were given a tumultuous welcome. The room filled with tumultuous applause.
2 : involving a lot of violence, confusion, or disorder the nation's tumultuous past

Full 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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Recent Examples on the Web Their findings spotlight the countries that not only offer their inhabitants a happy, high quality of life, but have also provided well-being to their citizens throughout the tumultuous COVID-19 era. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 23 Oct. 2021 Vicious and Spungen's tumultuous relationship made headlines when Spungen was found dead with a stab wound to her abdomen at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City in Oct. 1978. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 22 Oct. 2021 This is the greatest of rivals stepping onto a giant October stage to play out their tumultuous relationship for the benefit of millions. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Dear Veteran: Anyone who is aware of the national dynamic during the tumultuous Vietnam era could completely understand your reaction to this phrase. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 2 Oct. 2021 Dear Veteran: Anyone who is aware of the national dynamic during the tumultuous Vietnam era could completely understand your reaction to this phrase. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 2 Oct. 2021 Foster’s children told detectives to investigate Samartaney because of their tumultuous relationship. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Beyond sketching in mini-portraits of many of the men who faced Ali in the ring, the doc contextualizes Ali’s larger place in a tumultuous era. David Bloom, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 McCrum addresses how Shakespeare moves us (from dread to laughter), how his fearless creativity grew out of his tumultuous era and personal history, and how these aspects were not at odds with meeting professional commitments. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021

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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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27 Oct 2021

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“Tumultuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumultuous. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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