Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by haste, confusion, disorder, and irregularity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Attended by, or producing, a tumult; disorderly; confused; tumultuous.
  • adj. restless; agitated; unquiet

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Attended by, or producing, a tumult; disorderly; promiscuous; confused; tumultuous.
  • adj. Restless; agitated; unquiet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disorderly; riotous; promiscuous; confused: as, a tumultuary conflict.
  • Restless; agitated; unquiet.

Etymologies

Latin tumultuārius, from tumultus, commotion; see tumult.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin tumultuarius: compare French tumultuaire. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At this the disaffected cohorts proclaimed the name of their lawful sovereign; the Barbarians, astonished by the defection of their Roman allies, dispersed, according to their custom, in tumultuary flight; and Mascezel obtained the of an easy, and almost bloodless, victory.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • My arrival produced a sensation that stopped all this, and I was hurried by a kind of tumultuary welcome into the parlour.

    Swallow Barn, or A Sojourn in the Old Dominion. In Two Volumes. Vol. I.

  • Highland clans, endeavoured, with unavailing heroism, to cover the tumultuary retreat of the common file.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Meanwhile many crowded to the spot, especially followers of Conrade and officers of the Stradiots, who, as they saw their leader lie gazing wildly on the sky, raised him up amid a tumultuary cry of “Cut the slave and his hound to pieces!”

    The Talisman

  • True, and a mind differing from the tumultuary opinion; for, quæ negata, grata.

    The White Devil

  • The crowd rushed, bearing forward and shouldering each other, out of the Court, in the same tumultuary mode in which they had entered; and, in excitation of animal motion and animal spirits, soon forgot whatever they had felt as impressive in the scene which they had witnessed.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • At that check, the authors of these tumultuary measures fell to accusing the generals, as if they had marred the proceeding; and the Arcadians and Archaeans banded together, chiefly under the auspices of the two ringleaders, Callimachus the Parrhasian and

    Anabasis

  • A few officers and soldiers followed him, but in a very irregular and tumultuary manner.

    Old Mortality

  • In this delegation of authority, the two principal factions which divided the tumultuary army had each taken care to send three of their own number.

    Old Mortality

  • A complete train of field-artillery accompanied these troops; and the whole had an air so imposing, that it seemed nothing short of an actual miracle could prevent the ill-equipped, ill-modelled, and tumultuary army of the insurgents from being utterly destroyed.

    Old Mortality

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