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tempestuous (adj) stormy; emotional and violent.

Wind that is rough and violent is tempestuous. A tempestuous night is a night of severe storm, with winds blowing with great speed and force and heavy rain. A tempestuous sea is a sea disturbed by a violent storm. A tempestuous period is a period which is full of difficulties and violence. A tempestuous relationship is a relationship causing a lot of difficulty and disturbances between the people having the relationship. A tempestuous marriage involves a lot of difficulty and strong emotions.

  • The tempestuous ocean turned Columbus's ship away from India to the American continent. The sea disturbed by a severe storm and winds blew the ship off towards the American coast.
  • Theirs was a tempestuous love affair. Nothing went right for them from the time they met each other and fell in love. They had to oppose their parents and had trouble from the others too, before they could get married.
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