Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Late Middle English
Of or relating to a storm
Marked by disagreement and a lack of peace
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."
Popularity Over Time
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.