Definition of tumultuous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tjuːˈmʌltʃuəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tuːˈmʌltʃuəs//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1very loud; involving strong feelings, especially feelings of approval tumultuous applause a tumultuous reception/welcome
  2. 2involving a lot of change and confusion and/or violence synonym tempestuous the tumultuous years of the English Civil War It was a tumultuous time in her life.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Old French tumultuous or Latin tumultuosus, from tumultus.
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