V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. full of noise, confusion, and disorder; 2. characterized by change and uncertainty

Synonyms: clamorous, riotous, turbulent, uproarious, disorderly, troubled, disruptive, wild

Antonyms: restrained, calm, peaceful

Tips: Tumultuous describes disorder and unrest. Crowds, periods of time, and spans of people's lives can be described as tumultuous if they include disorder and unrest. Think of tumultuous as a "tumbling of order."

Usage Examples:

The opposing demonstrators became tumultuous when leaders began screaming at one another. (riotous, disorderly)

The sixties were a time of tumultuous social upheaval. (turbulent)

His tumultuous candidacy, fraught with rumor and speculation, cost him the election for President. (turbulent, troubled)

It is a miracle that we were able to make this company a success after its tumultuous beginning. (troubled)

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