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

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

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

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
  • He was tempestuously devoted to her, in a way that stirred her blood.

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

    The Moon Rock Arthur J. Rees
  • tempestuously the Younger Man slammed down his magazine to the floor.

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  • Dont you believe him, tempestuously interrupted the temperamental little thing.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • As they touched the tempestuously tossing slime, it shrieked stridently, deafeningly—cosmically!

  • Though the winter winds are of slower development, they are more prolonged and are tempestuously powerful.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
British Dictionary definitions for tempestuously

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 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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