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Examples of tempestuous in a Sentence
order was restored to the court after the judge put a stop to the defendant's tempestuous outburst
in terms of social change, the 1960s are generally considered the most tempestuous decade in recent American history
Recent Examples of tempestuous from the Web
Jeanne, tempestuous and naive, is still heartbroken over the loss of her first love and contemplates suicide.
The scars include his tempestuous relationship with Aaron Rodgers, which has been well-documented in the run-up to the release of this book.
And Francis Bacon undoubtedly derived stimulus from Soutine’s tempestuous mark-making, his willingness almost to attack the canvas with a brush.
The film adaptation, released in 1966 and starring then real-life tempestuous couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, collected five Oscars, including best actress for Taylor.
When Collins ripped off a churning, 14-yard touchdown to seal the Razorbacks’ victory in the 2016 Liberty Bowl, Bielema viewed it as a parting gift in their tempestuous but affectionate relationship.
Another influence on her rise to fame as a skater is Harding’s equally tempestuous relationship with her mother LaVona (Allison Janney, whose talking-head sequences see her clad in a fur coat with a pet bird on her shoulder).
Someone should write an opera about her: La Fallaci, beautiful, extravagant, courageous survivor of war and tempestuous love affairs, speaker of truth to power.
If the Brexit negotiations have got off to a tempestuous start after the summer break, blame Yanis Varoufakis.
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Did You Know?
Time is sometimes marked in seasons, and seasons are associated with the weather. This explains how "tempus," the Latin word for "time" could have given rise to an English adjective for things turbulent and stormy. "Tempus" is the root behind Old Latin tempestus, meaning "season," and Late Latin tempestuosus, the direct ancestor of "tempestuous." As you might expect, "tempus" is also the root of the noun "tempest"; it probably played a role in the history of "temper" as well, but that connection isn't definite.
Origin and Etymology of tempestuous
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
bang-bang, blood-and-guts, convulsive, cyclonic, explosive, ferocious, fierce, furious, hammer-and-tongs, hot, knock-down, drag-out (or knock-down-and-drag-out), paroxysmal, rabid, rough, stormy, tumultuous, turbulent, violent, volcanic;
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