Definition of tumultuous in US English:

tumultuous

adjective

  • 1Making a loud, confused noise; uproarious.

    ‘tumultuous applause’
    • ‘Rimna held his hands up for silence, not even trying to speak over the tumultuous noise.’
    • ‘Thinking on her feet, Larmore sings an aria from the Barber of Seville, to tumultuous applause from the concourse.’
    • ‘One of the most tumultuous rounds of cheering and applause was reserved by the delegates for a seemingly innocuous line about tax laws.’
    • ‘These players were the real heroes on the night as they received a tumultuous applause from the attendance.’
    • ‘Sets of fans from either side are roaring on their team, the tumultuous noise drowning out the chill.’
    • ‘New Zealand began accurately, Wales began badly, and never managed to stoke the crowd noise into something tumultuous.’
    • ‘The air is filled with the tumultuous roar of a crowd expectant of a rugby match of high drama.’
    • ‘David came on to the Mayflower stage to tumultuous applause from a packed, mainly female middle-aged audience.’
    • ‘The show played to full houses for a five-night run and ended to tumultuous applause on Saturday night.’
    • ‘We came out of the tunnel and were greeted by tumultuous applause.’
    • ‘‘In the name of God stop this massacre before it goes any further,’ he roared to tumultuous applause.’
    • ‘The victorious team on arrival in Bunclody were greeted with tumultuous applause on their brilliant playing.’
    • ‘William and Ffion enter Downing Street to tumultuous Tory applause and waving of union flags.’
    • ‘Hooting matatu taxis add to the confusion with their somewhat tumultuous chaos.’
    • ‘Amir Khan enters the ring to tumultuous applause from the massed British supporters.’
    • ‘There was a sudden burst of tumultuous noise from the concert area.’
    • ‘No one was listening or taking much of an interest, but when he was done a tumultuous round of applause greeted him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A tumultuous round of applause concluded the excited movement and all were treated to refreshments, much enjoyed by all.’
    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 victory meant the end to a tumultuous year both personally and professionally for both surfers.’
      • ‘Hearst was the media magnate whose tumultuous life was parodied in the 1941 movie, Citizen Kane.’
      • ‘The party has always been tumultuous in personnel matters.’
      • ‘I do recall that last Christmas was colder and far less settled than this year, a more tumultuous season of ups and downs.’
      • ‘Bedford Rugby has had some quite tumultuous years.’
      • ‘Major League Baseball owns the Expos now, after a tumultuous 10 years.’
      • ‘It's nice to see my tumultuous love-life brings so much happiness to other people.’
      • ‘This sets the stage for the Fisher's often tumultuous personal matters.’
      • ‘You've had some pretty tumultuous relationships with other band members in the past.’
      • ‘People were not aware of them in the tumultuous period during the election campaign.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was affected by the often tumultuous personal lives of her children.’
      • ‘Authentic personal relationships sustained us through a tumultuous five years.’
      • ‘Intensely narcissistic people often live tumultuous lives, as few people can tolerate them for long.’
      • ‘Jeffrey was a tumultuous drinker and people would come from all around to watch him put it away.’
      • ‘More detailed inquiries took place in the 1940s after a period of tumultuous relationships and high - profile break-ups.’
      • ‘All of those things, one after the other, these just tumultuous events.’
      • ‘The coming academic year is likely to be tumultuous, given the prevailing unrest among students on various counts.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/t(y)o͞oˈməlCHo͞oəs//t(j)uˈməltʃuəs/