[ tem-pes-choo-uhs ]
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  1. characterized by or subject to tempests: the tempestuous ocean.

  2. of the nature of or resembling a tempest: a tempestuous wind.

  1. tumultuous; turbulent: a tempestuous period in history.

Origin of tempestuous

First recorded in 1500–10; from Late Latin tempestuōsus, derivative of tempestus, variant of tempestās tempest (see -ous); replacing earlier tempeste(u)ous, tempestious (see -eous, -ious)

Other words for tempestuous

Other words from tempestuous

  • tem·pes·tu·ous·ly, adverb
  • tem·pes·tu·ous·ness, noun
  • un·tem·pes·tu·ous, adjective
  • un·tem·pes·tu·ous·ness, noun

Words Nearby tempestuous

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How to use tempestuous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tempestuous


/ (tɛmˈpɛstjʊəs) /

  1. of or relating to a tempest

  2. violent or stormy: a tempestuous love affair

Derived forms of tempestuous

  • tempestuously, adverb
  • tempestuousness, noun

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