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3 definitions found
 for tumultuous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tumultuous \Tu*mul"tu*ous\ (t[-u]*m[u^]l"t[-u]*[u^]s), a. [L.
     tumultuosus: cf. F. tumultueux.]
     1. Full of tumult; characterized by tumult; disorderly;
        turbulent.
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              The flight became wild and tumultuous. --Macaulay.
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     2. Conducted with disorder; noisy; confused; boisterous;
        disorderly; as, a tumultuous assembly or meeting.
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     3. Agitated, as with conflicting passions; disturbed.
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              His dire attempt, which, nigh the birth
              Now rolling, boils in his tumultuous breast.
                                                    --Milton.
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     4. Turbulent; violent; as, a tumultuous speech.
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     Syn: Disorderly; irregular; noisy; confused; turbulent;
          violent; agitated; disturbed; boisterous; lawless;
          riotous; seditious.
          [1913 Webster] -- Tu*mul"tu*ous*ly, adv. --
          Tu*mul"tu*ous*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tumultuous
      adj 1: 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" [syn: disruptive, riotous, troubled,
             tumultuous, turbulent]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  74 Moby Thesaurus words for "tumultuous":
     agitated, anarchic, angry, blaring, blatant, blatting, blustering,
     blusterous, blustery, boisterous, brassy, brawling, brazen,
     bullying, chaotic, clamant, clamorous, clamoursome, clanging,
     clangorous, clattery, disorderly, excited, fierce, frantic,
     frenzied, furious, hectic, hectoring, hellish, hysterical,
     infuriate, insensate, mad, mafficking, mindless, noiseful, noisy,
     obstreperous, orgasmic, orgastic, pandemoniac, rackety, raging,
     ranting, raucous, ravening, raving, riotous, rip-roaring,
     roistering, roisterous, rollicking, rowdy, rowdyish, rumbustious,
     savage, storming, stormy, strepitant, strepitous, swaggering,
     swashbuckling, swashing, tempestuous, termagant, troublous,
     turbulent, unrestrained, unruly, uproarious, violent, vociferous,
     wild
  
  

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