What does tempestuous mean?

Definitions for tempestuous
tɛmˈpɛs tʃu əstem·pes·tu·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stormy, tempestuousadjective

    characterized by violent emotions or behavior

    "a stormy argument"; "a stormy marriage"

  2. angry, furious, raging, tempestuous, wildadjective

    (of the elements) as if showing violent anger

    "angry clouds on the horizon"; "furious winds"; "the raging sea"


  1. tempestuousadjective

    Of, or resembling a tempest; stormy, tumultuous.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tempestuousadjective

    Stormy; turbulent.

    Etymology: tempestueux, Fr. from tempest.

    Tempestuous fortune hath spent all her spight,
    And thrilling sorrow thrown his utmost dart. Fairy Qu.

    Which of them rising with the sun or falling
    Should prove tempestuous. John Milton.

    Her looks grow black as a tempestuous wind,
    Some raging thoughts are rowling in her mind. Dryden.

    Pompey, when dissuaded from embarking because the weather was tempestuous, replied, My voyage is necessary, my life is not so. Jeremy Collier, on the Value of Life.


  1. tempestuous

    Tempestuous is an adjective that describes something or someone as being characterized by strong, turbulent, or conflicting emotion; volatile or tumultuous. It can also refer to something very stormy, windy, or characterized by violent weather conditions, much like a tempest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tempestuousadjective

    of or pertaining to a tempest; involving or resembling a tempest; turbulent; violent; stormy; as, tempestuous weather; a tempestuous night; a tempestuous debate

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tempestuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tempestuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of tempestuous in a Sentence

  1. Aaron Carver:

    The White House guidelines come amid a tempestuous week in which protestors across the country descended on state capitals to express their anger over the effects the lockdown measures were having on the economy despite thousands of new cases of COVID-19 being reported every day. SOURCES BELIEVE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ORIGINATED IN WUHAN LAB, AS PART OF CHINAS EFFORTS TO COMPETE WITH US On Wednesday, hundreds of cars, trucks and SUVs descended on Michigans state capital as part of a noisy protest against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmers social-distancing restrictions that critics saidy have gone too far. Similar protests unfolded in Virginia, Wyoming, Kentucky and Ohio over the last week with more planned in Maryland, Missouri, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York and New Hampshire. The federal government said Thursday that 5.2 million more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the four-week total to about 22 million out of a work force of 159 million easily the worst stretch of U.S. job losses on record. The losses translate to about 1 in 7 workers. Those people that know theyre vulnerable, self-quarantine. And everybody else, let them go back to work.

  2. Tony Oppedisano:

    Frank told me that was a very intense relationship, a very tempestuous one, she was absolutely drop-dead beautiful. He said, ‘She could drink me under the table. As far as language, stuff came out of her mouth that could grow hair on the wall.’ He also said, ‘I should have known upfront that anything that burned that hot was bound to burn out. But while it was going on, I was having a ball.'.

  3. Rita Moreno:

    [Brando] slayed me good ’cause he was the king of everything. Eeeeeeverything, he was the king of movies … he was really one of the most sexual men on Earth. It was one of those very tempestuous love affairs. It lasted eight years, on and off, on and off, on and off.

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