tempestuous | tempestuousness

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

turbulent, or involving a lot of difficulty or emotion

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tempestuous - stormy

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The word ‘tempestuous’ was originally used solely to express violent or stormy weather, but has since been adapted to also figuratively refer to a situation or relationship that is similarly volatile. It is in this latter sense that the word is most commonly used today, with ‘tempestuous’ being associated with intense emotions, especially anger.

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Synonyms volatile
Antonyms bland

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  1. Alice and Chris’s marriage has been tempestuous, to say the least. I’m amazed that they are still together.

  2. The tempestuous weather made it impossible to go sailing. There was a high risk that we would capsize.

  3. The tempestuousness of the situation was such that I thought it might descend into violence, but in the end, calmer heads prevailed.

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