adjective Date: circa 1548 1. marked by tumult <
tumultuous applause
2. tending or disposed to cause or incite a tumult <
the laws…were violated by a tumultuous faction — Edward Gibbon
3. marked by violent or overwhelming turbulence or upheaval <
tumultuous passions
tumultuously adverbtumultuousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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