tumultuous

The adjective tumultuous means "disruptive," "troubled," "disorderly," or "turbulent."

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

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adj characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination

“the tumultuous years of his administration”
Synonyms:
disruptive, riotous, troubled, turbulent
unquiet
characterized by unrest or disorder
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