tempestuous

A tempest is a storm, so you can use the adjective tempestuous to describe anything stormy or volatile — from a tempestuous hurricane to a tempestuous romance.

The adjective tempestuous can describe violent weather, but it can also figuratively describe something that just has the characteristics of such blustery and turbulent weather. A person could be described as tempestuous if she’s prone to violent mood swings and fits of passion. Impetuous is a synonym. The author Joseph Conrad once wrote, “To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.”

DEFINITIONS OF: tempestuous

1

adj characterized by violent emotions or behavior

Synonyms:
stormy
unpeaceful
not peaceful

adj (of the elements) as if showing violent anger

Synonyms:
angry, furious, raging, wild
stormy
(especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion
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