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[tem-pes-choo-uh s] /tɛmˈpɛs tʃu əs/
characterized by or subject to tempests:
the tempestuous ocean.
of the nature of or resembling a tempest:
a tempestuous wind.
tumultuous; turbulent:
a tempestuous period in history.
Origin of tempestuous
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
2. violent, stormy. Unabridged
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  • The heroines of poems and fictions are complex people to-day, world-weary, tempestuous and without peace of heart or mind.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Drearily and wearily drew on the dark hours of that tempestuous night.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • He was tempestuous, quick, and passionate, but in quarrel would be led by a smile.

  • The water rose to his knees, but tempestuous as was the rush, he maintained his footing.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • His widow immediately re-embarked for the West Indies, but her voyage was tempestuous.

British Dictionary definitions for tempestuous


of or relating to a tempest
violent or stormy: a tempestuous love affair
Derived Forms
tempestuously, adverb
tempestuousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tempestuous

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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