Adjective "tempestuous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion.
  1. 'It's said that he is ‘difficult’, ‘broody’, ‘paranoid’ and afflicted by a tempestuous and confrontational character.'
  2. 'She'd be childlike, tempestuous and unpredictable.'
  3. 'A fiery, tempestuous reading of the Allegro non troppo had just the right contrasting hues of aristocratic grace.'
  4. 'The General often seems to use reason and intelligence to paper over an emotionally tempestuous nature, and I wonder if his reaction to being ruled out of the running to lead Europe might have had something to do with this statement's odd-ness.'
  5. 'As a Third World postcolonial feminist scholar and activist, I look back to my tempestuous teenage years in India, when my heroes were great revolutionaries.'
  6. 'At the basic level Scarlett is a tempestuous heroine out of a bodice-ripping historical novel, a focus for fantasy projection on the part of far more sedate women.'
  7. 'I think I have a much more tempestuous and eventful amorous life than the average middle-class citizen, but I wouldn't agree that I necessarily behaved dishonourably.'
  8. 'Gone was the mercurial, tempestuous socialite who didn't know what she wanted, swung from mood to mood, loved childish games, or danced the night away.'
  9. 'It's basically about a relationship, a passionate tempestuous relationship.'
  10. 'Only at that climactic moment - after extended tempestuous debate, jockeying, and tactical manoeuvres - was the Speaker's political preference made clear.'
Very stormy.
  1. 'And if tempestuous catabatic winds blow, the itinerary allows plenty of time to wait them out in four-season tents.'
  2. 'Unforgiving dry, and tempestuous rainy seasons ensure that mankind's foothold here will forever be tenuous.'
  3. 'It's common knowledge that the tempestuous winter months put our vehicles through greater stress and strain, and can often make minor imperfections into major malfunctions.'
  4. 'We see single plants on a beach, cliffs beside water pressing in on the painter, the waves still or tempestuous, reflecting the wild vagaries of his mind.'
  5. 'Azure blue and tranquil one moment when kissed by the sun and flattened by breeze; tempestuous and grey the next, whipped by fierce wind and powerful current.'
  6. 'She frequently braves tempestuous weather in the little eight-seater Britton Norman, specially designed to cope with the wilds of the North Sea, and similar to the planes they use in the Antarctic.'
  7. 'His eyes were stormy green, like a tempestuous patch of sky right before the tornado siren goes off, with a layer of translucent blue like the heavens beneath fluffy clouds.'


1. characterized by or subject to tempests: the tempestuous ocean.

2. of the nature of or resembling a tempest: a tempestuous wind.

3. tumultuous; turbulent: a tempestuous period in history.

More examples(as adjective)

"relationships can be tempestuous."

"sessions can be tempestuous."

"years can be tempestuous."

"wraths can be tempestuous."

"winds can be tempestuous."

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Late Middle English: from late Latin tempestuosus, from Latin tempestas (see tempest).