1. [syn: disruptive, riotous, troubled, tumultuous, turbulent]
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;
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.
4. Turbulent; violent; as, a tumultuous speech.
Syn: Disorderly; irregular; noisy; confused; turbulent;
violent; agitated; disturbed; boisterous; lawless;
[1913 Webster] -- Tu*mul"tu*ous*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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,
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,