tempestuous

[tem-pes-choo-uhs]

adjective

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 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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British Dictionary definitions for tempestuously

tempestuous

adjective

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

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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