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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
Houston is built on what amounts to a massive flood plain, pitted against the tempestuous Gulf of Mexico and routinely hammered by the biggest rainstorms in the nation.
That these excellent women remain nearly invisible to men gives them a sort of second sight into men’s shortcomings, a clarity that their more tempestuous counterparts lack coupled with a charity their targets scarcely deserve.
Throughout the campaign, the tempestuous realtionship between Mayor William A. Bell and the city council, primarily driven by Johnathan Austin, was a a primary topic of debate, no matter what the contest.
Those cool blobs then sink, producing strong currents and tempestuous winds that weren’t anticipated to occur in Martian clouds.
His leadership will inevitably come under close scrutiny, given the tempestuous moment in American politics and the fate of his predecessor.
Documentary journeys from the print and drawing rooms of Europe through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome, and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of the great Renaissance artist.
Shea Johnson and Emily Dixon engage in a fast series of positions, interlocking limbs and torsos, as if depicting a tempestuous relationship between people with a fiery attraction to each other.
In short, the play begins in a tempestuous way and concludes in a manner that is more pacific or, in this particular geographic case, Mediterranean.
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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
Synonymsbang-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, violent, tumultuous, turbulent, volcanic
Antonymsnonviolent, peaceable, peaceful
Related Wordsbarbarous, brutal, savage, vicious; antagonistic, hostile; aggressive, assertive, bellicose, belligerent, combative, contentious, gladiatorial, pugnacious, quarrelsome, truculent; combustible, volatile; agitated, frantic, frenzied, mad; cataclysmal (or cataclysmic), destructive, ruinous
Near Antonymscalm, halcyon, pacific, serene, tranquil; nonbelligerent, unaggressive
TEMPESTUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tempestuous for English Language Learners
: affected by a tempest
: full of strong emotions (such as anger or excitement)
TEMPESTUOUS Defined for Kids
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