tem·​pes·​tu·​ous | \ tem-ˈpes-chə-wəs How to pronounce tempestuous (audio) , -ˈpesh- \

Definition of tempestuous

: of, relating to, or resembling a tempest : turbulent, stormy tempestuous weather a tempestuous relationship

Other Words from tempestuous

tempestuously adverb
tempestuousness noun

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Time is sometimes marked in seasons, and seasons are associated with the weather. This explains how tempestās—a Latin word for "time," "season," and "weather"—gave rise to tempestuous, an English adjective for things turbulent and stormy.

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 on the Web Presenters had rarely been so collaborative, pooling their creativity and resources in a swelling tide that lifted all ships, no matter how tempestuous the waters. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 At Home on an Unruly Planet' is a breath of fresh air in a world increasingly polluted by fossil fuels, a moment of calm in our most tempestuous existential crisis. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 Matt Smith as his tempestuous brother; Emma D’Arcy as the king’s headstrong daughter; and Olivia Cooke as a courtier at the center of things. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2022 What an idyllic setting, indeed, for a very dark, very extreme, very tender, very brutal, very tempestuous, and very funny film. Joe Hsieh, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2022 Englert, who plays Camille, added that the show focuses on the tempestuous passion between Camille and Valmont, which sometimes takes the form of love, and sometimes... does not. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 12 Aug. 2022 Teammates, coaches and family members all describe the tempestuous slugger as an ultimate competitor who carries with him a total belief in his ability to win any confrontation at the plate, no matter the time or place. Joe Noga, cleveland, 11 Aug. 2022 But when he is found murdered after ending their tempestuous relationship, all signs point to Kya as the culprit. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 Each season features a couple (or couples) in which one is angry, demanding, and tempestuous, while the other is relatively passive and withdrawn. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 10 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tempestuous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tempestuous

Middle English tempestuous, Latinization of tempestous, borrowed from Anglo-French, re-formation of Late Latin tempestuōsus, from tempestu-, probably extracted from Latin tempestūt-, tempestūs, archaic variant of tempestāt-, tempestās "stretch of time, season, weather, tempest entry 1" + -ōsus -ous

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“Tempestuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempestuous. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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