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tempestuous | tempestuousness

tempestuous tempestuousness
turbulent, or involving a lot of difficulty or emotion
  • How to Memorize
    • tempestuous - stormy
  • Analysis

    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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  • Example(s)
    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.