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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
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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Examples for tempestuous
  • The moon had been up for some time, but had been quite concealed by tempestuous clouds.
  • Between bursts of tempestuous movement, he slumped on a three-legged stool and glowered.
  • Because of its size and depth and the area's prevailing winds, the lake can sometimes be whipped into a tempestuous inland ocean.
  • Her parents seem to have had a tempestuous marriage.
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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