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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
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.
Atienza's art -- from sound installations of clanging ships to slow motion footage of tempestuous seas -- often directly involves the inhabitants of Bantayan Island.
Of course, Frida almost died in a car accident that left her health perennially delicate, and her relationship with her philandering, egotistical husband, muralist Diego Rivera, was tempestuous.
With its action movies and comic-book films, summer has long been the most male moviegoing season of the year — one where even female Ghostbusters are enough to spark a tempestuous culture war.
Played with angry conviction by Walters, Lucy is the most tempestuous figure on-screen by far, and there are moments when her rage almost feels like more than this delicate, winsome movie can bear.
Tempestuous will keep 80 percent of the profits of any print of a piece sold online.
Hogrefe decided to create Tempestuous, an online art gallery that launched in March, to give artists a chance to showcase and sell their work online and participate in some pop-up gallery events across the country.
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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
Middle English, from Late Latin tempestuosus, from Old Latin tempestus season, weather, storm, from tempus
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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
Definition of tempestuous for Students
: very stormy
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