tempestuous

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

Definition of tempestuous

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

tempestuously

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tempestuousness

noun

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Examples of tempestuous in a sentence

  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

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

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


First Known Use: 15th century


TEMPESTUOUS Defined for English Language Learners

tempestuous

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

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

Definition of tempestuous for Students

  1. :  very stormy



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