“Although the tumultuous tempest tossed the ship on the high seas, the hardy sailors struggled to keep the ship afloat.”
What is the best definition of tumultuous?
Tumultuous (adjective) – marked by loud noise, turmoil, or disturbance; in a state of excitement, disorder, or confusion
Tumult (noun) – uproar; riot; state of confusion
GRE pro tips:
To remember the words tumult and tumultuous, you can associate them with their cousins, tempest and tempestuous. A tempest is a very windy, often rainy, storm that comes on violently (as in the Shakespeare play, The Tempest), whereas a tumult is an uproar or riot, marked by loudness and confusion. Both are noisy and chaotic.
As adjectives, tumultuous and tempestuous have similar meanings and usages and can have a wide range of associations. For instance, if a couple argues loudly and has a lot of turmoil, the two partners are in a tumultuous (or tempestuous) relationship. Likewise, if a crowd riots and shouts loudly, they are a tumultuous (or tempestuous) crowd. Or, if it seems like your emotions are in an uproar and you can’t get a hold of yourself, you have tumultuous (or tempestuous) emotions. And, if you find yourself at sea in a tempest, you are facing a dangerously tumultuous (or tempestuous) storm.
“A tumult erupted between the protesters and the anti-protesters that caused the police to intervene.”
“After so many ups and downs, noisy fights, and misunderstandings, they both decided that their tumultuous relationship had gone on for long enough.”