• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tempestuous (of the elements) as if showing violent anger "angry clouds on the horizon","furious winds","the raging sea"
    • adj tempestuous characterized by violent emotions or behavior "a stormy argument","a stormy marriage"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tempestuous Of or pertaining to a tempest; involving or resembling a tempest; turbulent; violent; stormy; as, tempestuous weather; a tempestuous night; a tempestuous debate. "They saw the Hebrew leader,
      Waiting, and clutching his tempestuous beard."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tempestuous Very stormy; turbulent; rough with wind; stormy: as, a tempestuous night. Also used figuratively.
    • tempestuous Subject to fits of stormy passion; impetuous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tempestuous resembling, or pertaining to, a tempest: very stormy: turbulent
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  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    “To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tempestuous,: cf. OF. tempestueux, F. tempêtueux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tempeste—L. tempestas, a season, tempest—tempus, time.


In literature:

The question at issue was tempestuously published to Scotland as a question exclusively spiritual.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844" by Various
The winds then became very tempestuous, the Great Deep was troubled, and all the passengers appalled.
"Mary" by Mary Wollstonecraft
Does not the atmosphere in a tempestuous mood thrill and disturb our nervous system?
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
She had been prepared for tempestuous, for overwhelming, wrath.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
At 10.53 Mr. Harrington Surtaine arrived, hardly less tempestuously than his predecessor.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Byron had a very tempestuous passage, with adverse winds, by which his vessels were scattered and damaged.
"The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence" by A. T. Mahan
It told of peace to those who had been agitated by tempestuous passion.
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
She covered her face, with tempestuous sobbing, and sank into a chair.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The night is black and tempestuous; it will be hard to find the road.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
In the midst of the struggle Robert of Artois received a wound which soon ended his tempestuous career.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Can it be still when the tempestuous winds are blowing?
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
After two or three days of pleasant sailing, there was a renewal of tempestuous weather.
"Peter Parley's Tales About America and Australia" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
The sea seemed generally too tempestuous in mood for their evolutions.
"The Romantic Settlement of Lord Selkirk's Colonists" by George Bryce
About noon the wind began again to blow with great tempestuousness, and flat contrary to Whitelocke's course.
"A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II." by Bulstrode Whitelocke
At times, in the wild tumult of her tempestuous soul, she seemed to be borne beyond it all, through beautiful worlds.
"The Last Spike" by Cy Warman
Through the closed doors resounded the tempestuous roar of the multitudes assembled around the Seraglio.
"Halil the Pedlar" by Mór Jókai
A norther is a tempestuous gale.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
A close friend of his agreed to the word "tempestuous," as most nicely describing his temperament.
"Sir John French" by Cecil Chisholm
Failing of its effort to tear off the roof of the dugout, it stormed tempestuously, fretfully; it raved, it grumbled, it groaned.
"The Way of the Wind" by Zoe Anderson Norris
The fallen figure lay quiet enough, but the remaining three swept in tempestuous chaos about the place.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck

In poetry:

Unmoved at all I have to meet
On life's tempestuous sea;
Hard, shall be easy; bitter, sweet,
So I may follow thee.
"Peter Walking Upon The Water" by John Newton
Still amid each dread commotion
Thou on God thy hope hast stay'd,
When the loud tempestuous ocean
Made the stoutest heart afraid.
"On The Death Of A Poor But Excellent Man" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
Lov'st thou yon calm and silent flood,
That never ebbs, that never flows;
Protected by the circling wood
From each tempestuous wind that blows?
"Ode to Indolence" by William Shenstone
It is not springtime yet. Alas,
What dark, tempestuous days must pass,
Till England's trial by battle cease,
And summer comes again with peace.
"The Oxford Thrushes" by Henry Van Dyke
Oshagan's most sacred tomb,
Land of genius, from where today,
A magnificent history Of fifteen tempestuous centuries,
Freely moves toward You
Both Armenias from East to West...
"Eulogy" by Siamanto
Fire and wild light of hope and doubt and fear,
Wind of swift change, and clouds and hours that veer
As the storm shifts of the tempestuous year;
Cry wellaway, but well befall the right.
"A Year's Burden -- 1870" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

These tawdry tidbits will drive you batty with desire while making you itch with tempestuous titillation.
Paz Vega has been cast as the tempestuous opera singer Maria Callas in Grace of Monico, in which Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly, the Hollywood actress who became Princess Grace of Monaco.
As monikers go, Overcasters is a magnificent name for a rock-and-roll band, especially one as noisy, tempestuous and imposing as the outfit that Kurt Ottaway leads.
Tempestuous Hollywood lesbian Courtenay Semel, may soon be tempting Tinsley Mortimer on Tinsley's CW show, " High Society ".
K.CHESTERTON once mused over Noah's dinnertime conversations during those long nights on a vast and tempestuous sea.
Another Tempestuous Night in Leenane (Sure, It's Not a Morn in Spring).
Tempestuous Hollywood lesbian Courtenay Semel, may soon be tempting Tinsley Mortimer on Tinsley's CW show, "High Society".
Michael Almereyda's This So-Called Disaster takes a tempestuous backstage look at Sam Shepard during the fall of 2000 as he directs his play The Late Henry Moss for its premiere performance in San Francisco.
Liverpool and Manchester United's tempestuous past.
Dukakis Needs To Be More Tempestuous .
The tempestuous 2012 presidential election.
Because the player's relationship with his manager had grown more tempestuous over the course of the season, the decision to trade him benefited everyone.
Elizabeth Taylor's tempestuous love affair.
Breaking away—from families, from countries, from bands—is Baker 's signature move, made viable by his unique, tempestuous talent.
Editor's note: The last two weeks were tempestuous for Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson and City Council, which asked for City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney's resignation on Sept 26 and got it in writing on Oct 4.