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Definition strongly turbulent — as of a storm or unstable emotions
  • She has a tempestuous relationship with her mother.
tempestuous = turbulent (emotionally violent)
  • It is their third breakup in two tempestuous years.
  • tempestuous = turbulent (emotionally violent)
  • She's new at the company and hasn't yet learned to navigate the tempestuous sea of its office politics.
  • tempestuous = turbulent
  • They had fortitude and self-reliance, and in time of difficulty or peril stood up for the welfare of the state like a line of cliffs against a tempestuous tide.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • tempestuous = violently turbulent
  • But it will calm the swell and heaving of thy passion, like oil thrown on the waves of a tempestuous sea.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • tempestuous = violently turbulent
  • But the sea in those old times heaved, swelled, and foamed very much at its own will, or subject only to the tempestuous wind, with hardly any attempts at regulation by human law.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • tempestuous = violently turbulent
  • The boy, also in due time, passed from the forecastle to the cabin, spent a tempestuous manhood, and returned from his world-wanderings, to grow old, and die, and mingle his dust with the natal earth.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • tempestuous = turbulent
  • They were ancient sea-captains, for the most part, who, after being tossed on every sea, and standing up sturdily against life's tempestuous blast, had finally drifted into this quiet nook, where, with little to disturb them, except the periodical terrors of a Presidential election, they one and all acquired a new lease of existence.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • tempestuous = violent turbulence
  • The heat of the summer is equally moderate; and there is not much thunder, or tempestuous weather of any sort.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Her desolation was pathetic as she sat with her tempestuous, proud, lovely head bowed, her shoulders sagging, her spirit melting.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She saw from his face that he was getting into one of his tempestuous, self-harrowing moods.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • It was, indeed, a tempestuous yet sternly beautiful night, and one wildly singular in its terror and its beauty.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • I was grateful for the way she'd listened to me and tried to ease my mind after my tempestuous outburst.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Mrs. Worthington must pay for her disgrace, and her daughter is far too bold and tempestuous a creature.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Either way, he had been made the victim of "tempestuous abuse."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Then she went on to describe me as "the statuesque beauty who is the product of Helen and Phillipe's tempestuous whirlwind college romance.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • I have only one other incident to record upon this tempestuous and melancholy day.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • His absurdities grew more tempestuous, more abandoned, yet never lost their realism.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • The fiddlers begin a swift, tempestuous tune, and Keenan takes my hip in one hand and my fingers in the other.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The day was tempestuous.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage

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