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tumultuous

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tumultuous \Tu*mul"tu*ous\ (t[-u]*m[u^]l"t[-u]*[u^]s), adjective [L. tumultuosus: cf. F. tumultueux.]

1. Full of tumult; characterized by tumult; disorderly; turbulent.

The flight became wild and tumultuous. --Macaulay.

2. Conducted with disorder; noisy; confused; boisterous; disorderly; as, a tumultuous assembly or meeting.

3. Agitated, as with conflicting passions; disturbed.

His dire attempt, which, nigh the birth Now rolling, boils in his tumultuous breast. --Milton.

4. Turbulent; violent; as, a tumultuous speech.

Syn: Disorderly; irregular; noisy; confused; turbulent; violent; agitated; disturbed; boisterous; lawless; riotous; seditious. -- {Tu*mul"tu*ous*ly}, adverb -- {Tu*mul"tu*ous*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

tumultuous

adjective

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}]


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