- The definition of tempestuous is something very stormy or characterized by great conflict.
When a couple argues all the time, their relationship is an example of a tempestuous relationship.
A tempestuous moment.
- of, involving, or like a tempest
- violent; turbulent
Origin of tempestuousMiddle French tempestueus ; from Late Latin tempestuosus ; from Classical Latin tempestas
- Characterized by violent emotions or actions; tumultuous: a tempestuous relationship.
- Of, relating to, or resembling a tempest: tempestuous gales.
Origin of tempestuousMiddle English, from Late Latin tempestuōsus, from tempestūs, tempest, variant of tempestās; see tempest.