• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tumultuous characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination "effects of the struggle will be violent and disruptive","riotous times","these troubled areas","the tumultuous years of his administration","a turbulent and unruly childhood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tumultuous Agitated, as with conflicting passions; disturbed. "His dire attempt, which, nigh the birth
      Now rolling, boils in his tumultuous breast."
    • Tumultuous Conducted with disorder; noisy; confused; boisterous; disorderly; as, a tumultuous assembly or meeting.
    • Tumultuous Full of tumult; characterized by tumult; disorderly; turbulent. "The flight became wild and tumultuous ."
    • Tumultuous Turbulent; violent; as, a tumultuous speech.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tumultuous Pull of tumult, disorder, or confusion; conducted with tumult; disorderly.
    • tumultuous Characterized by uproar, noise, confusion, or the like: as, a tumultuous assembly.
    • tumultuous Agitated; disturbed, as by passion.
    • tumultuous Turbulent; violent.
    • tumultuous Synonyms Uproarious, riotous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Tumultuous full of tumult: disorderly: agitated: noisy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tumultuosus,: cf. F. tumultueux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tumultustumēre, to swell.


In literature:

He had no language for thoughts of such a kind, only tumultuous feeling.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
This night had set wild and tumultuous emotions aflame in his breast.
"Back to God's Country and Other Stories" by James Oliver Curwood
He had rushed to her tumultuously.
"God's Country--And the Woman" by James Oliver Curwood
Carlyle, a great, rugged, and tumultuous heart, brutalised by ill-health, morbidity, selfishness.
"The Altar Fire" by Arthur Christopher Benson
All tumultuous feelings sink down to repose.
"Words of Cheer for the Tempted, the Toiling, and the Sorrowing" by T. S. Arthur
How tumultuous were all her feelings!
"The Hand But Not the Heart" by T. S. Arthur
The crowd behind breaks into tumultuous applause.
"The Story of the Pony Express" by Glenn D. Bradley
For one tumultuous, glorious, terrible moment she clung to his neck, blind, her heart bursting.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
A tumultuous assemblage of the starving and the forlorn rushed at last to the municipal palace, demanding peace or bread.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
How Liszt must have thundered through this tumultuous work!
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker

In poetry:

There among the conscious arbours
Sounds of soft tumultuous wail,
Mysteries of love, melodious,
Came upon the lyric gale!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
They sighed, they sang so softly,
They stretched their arms to me;
My heart, it throbbed so wildly,
In weird tumultuous glee.
"Entangled" by Mathilde Blind
How countlessly they congregate
O'er our tumultuous snow,
Which flows in shapes as tall as trees
When wintry winds do blow!—
"Stars" by Robert Frost
We only saw each other then;
We look'd as if no more again,
And our tumultuous hearts should die,
In that wild dream of ecstasy.
"You Told Me That You Loved Me" by James Avis Bartley
We come in one tumultuous tide,--
One surge of wild emotion,--
As crowding through the Frith of Clyde
Rolls in the Western Ocean;
"For The Burns Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
So I, thro' all the long tumultuous days,
Tracing thy footstep on the human sands,
O'er the signed deserts and the vocal ways
Pursue thee, faithful, thro' the echoing lands,
Wearing a wandering staff with trembling hands:
"A Hero's Grave" by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In news:

This week, 117 years ago, was a tumultuous time in Hawaii's history.
Because over these tumultuous weeks, we've all been able to see what messages the crowds respond to, what arguments the candidates congregate toward and what preferences the polls reveal.
Actress Julia Roberts says her breakup with actor Benjamin Bratt was anything but tumultuous.
These days, those of us who wish and strive for peace in our tumultuous world have had to suffer through being labeled as unpatriotic .
The film follows Andy Ross, owner of Cody's Books, and Clark Kepler, owner of Kepler's Books, over the course of two tumultuous years in the book business.
Explores the tumultuous life of the Russian composer.
To say that the former Saturday Night Live 's three and a half year run on the sitcom was tumultuous is an understatement, and his departure is effective immediately.
The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art.
Tumultuous, expansive, inspirational - the past 10 years have had their ups and downs.
FOR the advertising industry, 1992 was not quite the annus horribilis that Queen Elizabeth II bemoaned, but it certainly was an annus tumultuous.
Among the things we can take away from a tumultuous night of vote counting and result readings.
A tumultuous fall for Alice.
Bobby Valentine fired by Red Sox after tumultuous season.
Covering The Arts In Tumultuous Times.
A tumultuous week for marriage.

In science:

These field equations were also rejected, but in a series of steps analyzed by Janssen and Renn, Einstein slowly and steadfastly worked his way back to them and published them in the tumultuous month of November, 1915.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
Partly to allow more time for the tumultuous situation created in Berkeley by the anti-Communist loyalty oath to settle down, and partly to make a decision on an offer from Stanford, Erich spent the year of 1951–1952 as a visiting associate professor at Stanford.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work
Speculative bubbles and crashes are among the most important tumultuous and extreme events that mark long time series of economic and financial data.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
Despite this tumultuous environment, the GC contains stars which produce L = 109 L⊙ , and LLy−cont = (1−3)(1052) s−1 , values dominated by older stars in the case of the former and younger stars in the case of the latter.
The Initial Mass Function in the Galactic Center