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. adjective
    characterized by violent emotions or behavior
    synonyms: stormy
    not peaceful
  2. adjective
    (of the elements) as if showing violent anger
    synonyms: angry, furious, raging, wild
    (especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion
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