If you describe a relationship or a situation as tempestuous, you mean that very strong and intense emotions, especially anger, are involved.

For years, the couple's tempestuous relationship made the headlines...

Somehow the marriage lasted for eight tempestuous months.


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  • Tempestuous — Tem*pes tu*ous, a. [L. tempestuous: cf. OF. tempestueux, F. temp[^e]tueux.] Of or pertaining to a tempest; involving or resembling a tempest; turbulent; violent; stormy; as, tempestuous weather; a tempestuous night; a tempestuous debate. {Tem*pes …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tempestuous — index disorderly, outrageous, severe, vehement Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tempestuous — mid 15c., from L. tempestuosus, from tempestas (see TEMPEST (Cf. tempest)). The figurative sense is older in English; literal sense is from c.1500. Related: Tempestuously …   Etymology dictionary

  • tempestuous — [adj] wild, stormy agitated, blustering, blustery, boisterous, breezy, coarse, emotional, excited, feverish, furious, gusty, heated, hysterical, impassioned, intense, passionate, raging, rough, rugged, squally, storming, tumultous/tumultuous,… …   New thesaurus

  • tempestuous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) very stormy. 2) characterized by strong and turbulent emotion. DERIVATIVES tempestuously adverb tempestuousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • tempestuous — [tem pes′cho͞o əs, tem pes′tyo͞o əs] adj. [MFr tempestueus < LL tempestuosus < L tempestas] 1. of, involving, or like a tempest 2. violent; turbulent tempestuously adv. tempestuousness n …   English World dictionary

  • tempestuous — adjective 1 a tempestuous relationship or period of time includes many strong emotions: a tempestuous marriage 2 literary a tempestuous sea or wind is very rough and violent; stormy: lost in the dark tempestuous night tempestuously adverb… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tempestuous — tempestuously, adv. tempestuousness, n. /tem pes chooh euhs/, adj. 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… …   Universalium

  • tempestuous — tem|pes|tu|ous [temˈpestʃuəs] adj 1.) a tempestuous relationship or period of time involves a lot of difficulty and strong emotions ▪ a tempestuous marriage 2.) literary a tempestuous sea or wind is very rough and violent = ↑stormy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tempestuous — adjective 1) the fair weather passed and the day became tempestuous Syn: stormy, blustery, squally, wild, turbulent, windy, gusty, blowy, rainy; foul, nasty, inclement Ant: calm, fine …   Thesaurus of popular words

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