WOW: Tempestuous

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.


Here’s my WOW for this week:




Part of Speech

Related Forms
Adverb: tempestuously
Noun: tempestuousness

1. of or relating to a tempest
2. violent or stormy emotions or actions

Word Origin
First recorded use 1500-10 (Middle English), from Late Latin tempestuōsus

1. boisterous, blustery, furious, gusty, inclement, raging, squally, stormy, turbulent, wild, windy

2. boisterous, emotional, excited, feverish, flaming, heated, hysterical, impassioned, intense, passionate, stormy, turbulent, uncontrolled, violent, wild

calm, peaceful, quiet, serene, tranquil, undisturbed, unruffled

Use in a Sentence
1. The tempestuous seas raged against the lighthouse, angry waves crashing against unyielding walls.

Trwyn Du lighthouse in stormy seas ^2 - - 952614

Trwyn Du lighthouse in stormy seas – Image from Wikimedia, contributed by Steve F

2. Their relationship had always been tempestuous, characterised by frequent fights and passionate reconciliations.

Young Couple in Relationship Conflict

Image from Wikimedia – contributed by


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