The adjective tumultuous means disruptive, troubled, or disorderly — like the tumultuous state of an unruly classroom after the teacher has stepped out for a few minutes.

You might hear the adjective tumultuous in news stories about riots because it’s one of the best words to describe a group of people in turmoil or disorder, but it can mean anything in a state of unrest. For example, you might steer your boat into a safe harbor before a heavy storm, so the tumultuous waves won’t sweep you onto the rocks.

Definitions of tumultuous
  1. adjective

    characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination

    tumultuous years of his administration”
    disruptive, riotous, troubled, turbulent


    characterized by unrest or disorder

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