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tempestuous

[tem-pes-choo-uh s] /tɛmˈpɛs tʃu əs/
adjective
1.
characterized by or subject to tempests:
the tempestuous ocean.
2.
of the nature of or resembling a tempest:
a tempestuous wind.
3.
tumultuous; turbulent:
a tempestuous period in history.
Origin of tempestuous
1500-1510
1500-10; < Late Latin tempestuōsus, derivative of tempestus, variant of tempestās tempest (see -ous); replacing earlier tempeste(u)ous, tempestious (see -eous, -ious)
Related forms
tempestuously, adverb
tempestuousness, noun
untempestuous, adjective
untempestuously, adverb
untempestuousness, noun
Synonyms
2. violent, stormy.
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  • The sun went down on its wrath, and its night was tempestuous.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The Sabbath of the eleventh of March was wet and tempestuous.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • "A tempestuous wind called Euroclydon," repeated the reader.

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
  • He is a tempestuous person, but can be very grave when he likes.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • He was short-breathed, asthmatic and possessed a tempestuous temper.

    Up the Forked River

    Edward Sylvester Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for tempestuous

tempestuous

/tɛmˈpɛstjʊəs/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a tempest
2.
violent or stormy: a tempestuous love affair
Derived Forms
tempestuously, adverb
tempestuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tempestuous
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin tempestuosus, from tempestas (see tempest). The figurative sense is older in English; literal sense is from c.1500. Related: Tempestuously.

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