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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.
  3. 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 formstem·pes·tu·ous·ly, adverbtem·pes·tu·ous·ness, nounun·tem·pes·tu·ous, adjectiveun·tem·pes·tu·ous·ly, adverbun·tem·pes·tu·ous·ness, noun

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Related Words for tempestuously

violently, frantically, furiously, tumultuously

Examples from the Web for tempestuously

Contemporary Examples of tempestuously

Historical Examples of tempestuously

  • Rotherby broke in tempestuously, smiting the desk before him.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He was tempestuously devoted to her, in a way that stirred her blood.

  • At some distance, however, the waves were tossed about most tempestuously.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster

  • All at once he came to her tempestuously, catching her arm as he would a naughty child's.

    Making Money

    Owen Johnson

  • The game of patience so tempestuously concluded had occupied half-an-hour.

    The Moon Rock

    Arthur J. Rees

British Dictionary definitions for tempestuously


  1. of or relating to a tempest
  2. violent or stormya tempestuous love affair
Derived Formstempestuously, adverbtempestuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tempestuously



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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