1. Characterized by violent emotions or actions; tumultuous: a tempestuous relationship.
2. Of, relating to, or resembling a tempest: tempestuous gales.
[Middle English, from Late Latin tempestuōsus, from tempestūs, tempest, variant of tempestās; see TEMPEST.]
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