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Tempestuous

[tem-ˈpes-chə-wəs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Late Middle English

1.

Of or relating to a storm

2.

Marked by disagreement and a lack of peace

3.

Tumultuous

Examples of Tempestuous in a sentence

"Due to his tempestuous behavior, he has always struggled to maintain friendships."

"The tempestuous seas violently tossed the boat around."

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About Tempestuous

It may come as a surprise, but the origins of tempestuous come from the Latin word for time, not storm or tempest. As time marks the seasons, and changing seasons bring different weather, we can see how this meaning began to evolve to describe stormy weather.

Did you Know?

Tempest, or a powerful storm, actually has more historical roots in common with words like tempo and temperate than words relating directly to storms.

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