Definition of tumultuous in English:

tumultuous

adjective

  • 1Making an uproar or loud, confused noise.

    ‘tumultuous applause’
    • ‘New Zealand began accurately, Wales began badly, and never managed to stoke the crowd noise into something tumultuous.’
    • ‘Amir Khan enters the ring to tumultuous applause from the massed British supporters.’
    • ‘The victorious team on arrival in Bunclody were greeted with tumultuous applause on their brilliant playing.’
    • ‘At the end the applause was tumultuous, sustained and deserved.’
    • ‘Sting left the stage to a tumultuous round of applause and three of the Beatles took over, Paul being the surprising omission.’
    • ‘David came on to the Mayflower stage to tumultuous applause from a packed, mainly female middle-aged audience.’
    • ‘There was a sudden burst of tumultuous noise from the concert area.’
    • ‘The show played to full houses for a five-night run and ended to tumultuous applause on Saturday night.’
    • ‘Sets of fans from either side are roaring on their team, the tumultuous noise drowning out the chill.’
    • ‘Hooting matatu taxis add to the confusion with their somewhat tumultuous chaos.’
    • ‘William and Ffion enter Downing Street to tumultuous Tory applause and waving of union flags.’
    • ‘‘In the name of God stop this massacre before it goes any further,’ he roared to tumultuous applause.’
    • ‘No one was listening or taking much of an interest, but when he was done a tumultuous round of applause greeted him.’
    • ‘We came out of the tunnel and were greeted by tumultuous applause.’
    • ‘The air is filled with the tumultuous roar of a crowd expectant of a rugby match of high drama.’
    • ‘These players were the real heroes on the night as they received a tumultuous applause from the attendance.’
    • ‘One of the most tumultuous rounds of cheering and applause was reserved by the delegates for a seemingly innocuous line about tax laws.’
    • ‘A tumultuous round of applause concluded the excited movement and all were treated to refreshments, much enjoyed by all.’
    • ‘Thinking on her feet, Larmore sings an aria from the Barber of Seville, to tumultuous applause from the concourse.’
    • ‘Rimna held his hands up for silence, not even trying to speak over the tumultuous noise.’
    loud, deafening, thunderous, thundering, ear-shattering, ear-splitting, ear-piercing, uproarious, noisy, clamorous, vociferous
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    1. 1.1 Excited, confused, or disorderly.
      ‘a tumultuous crowd’
      ‘a tumultuous personal life’
      • ‘The party has always been tumultuous in personnel matters.’
      • ‘People were not aware of them in the tumultuous period during the election campaign.’
      • ‘Jeffrey was a tumultuous drinker and people would come from all around to watch him put it away.’
      • ‘Intensely narcissistic people often live tumultuous lives, as few people can tolerate them for long.’
      • ‘The coming academic year is likely to be tumultuous, given the prevailing unrest among students on various counts.’
      • ‘She was affected by the often tumultuous personal lives of her children.’
      • ‘This sets the stage for the Fisher's often tumultuous personal matters.’
      • ‘More detailed inquiries took place in the 1940s after a period of tumultuous relationships and high - profile break-ups.’
      • ‘The victory meant the end to a tumultuous year both personally and professionally for both surfers.’
      • ‘It's nice to see my tumultuous love-life brings so much happiness to other people.’
      • ‘All I know is this exchange will throw huge kinks into an already tumultuous life, and despite this fact, that I am anxious to go away.’
      • ‘You've had some pretty tumultuous relationships with other band members in the past.’
      • ‘I do recall that last Christmas was colder and far less settled than this year, a more tumultuous season of ups and downs.’
      • ‘Authentic personal relationships sustained us through a tumultuous five years.’
      • ‘Hearst was the media magnate whose tumultuous life was parodied in the 1941 movie, Citizen Kane.’
      • ‘The brothers ended their tumultuous relationship with the corporate giant in a mutual agreement just hours ago.’
      • ‘The last time that we saw this tumultuous interplay between anarchy and oligarchy was in the 18th century.’
      • ‘All of those things, one after the other, these just tumultuous events.’
      • ‘Major League Baseball owns the Expos now, after a tumultuous 10 years.’
      • ‘Bedford Rugby has had some quite tumultuous years.’
      tempestuous, stormy, turbulent, in turmoil, passionate, intense, explosive, violent, volatile, full of upheavals, full of ups and downs, roller-coaster, exciting
      disorderly, unruly, rowdy, uncontrolled, out of control, unrestrained, turbulent, boisterous, excited, agitated, restless, in turmoil, wild, riotous, hysterical, frenzied
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Old French tumultuous or Latin tumultuosus, from tumultus (see tumult).

Pronunciation

tumultuous

/tjʊˈmʌltjʊəs/