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tempestuous

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adjective tem·pes·tu·ous \tem-ˈpes-chə-wəs, -ˈpesh-\

Simple Definition of tempestuous

  • : affected by a tempest

  • : full of strong emotions (such as anger or excitement)

Full Definition of tempestuous

  1. :  of, relating to, or resembling a tempest :  turbulent, stormy <tempestuous weather> <a tempestuous relationship>

tem·pes·tu·ous·ly adverb
tem·pes·tu·ous·ness noun

Examples of tempestuous

  1. <order was restored to the court after the judge put a stop to the defendant's tempestuous outburst>

  2. <in terms of social change, the 1960s are generally considered the most tempestuous decade in recent American history>



Origin of tempestuous

Middle English, from Late Latin tempestuosus, from Old Latin tempestus season, weather, storm, from tempus


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with tempestuous


TEMPESTUOUS Defined for Kids

tempestuous

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adjective tem·pes·tu·ous \tem-ˈpes-chə-wəs\

Definition of tempestuous

  1. :  very stormy





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