Something tempestuous is like a tempest: like a rough, violent storm.
tem PEST you us
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a tempestuous relationship.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "Their relationship was tempestuous.”)
tempest(s,) tempestuously, tempestuousness
How to use it:
You can be serious, sarcastic, or exaggerating as you talk about tempestuous relationships or affairs, tempestuous people and personalities, tempestuous tasks and activities, tempestuous periods of time, tempestuous feelings (like tempestuous anger or tempestuous jealousy) and so on.
I used to follow the tempestuous careers of actresses and pop stars, but now I find it all very silly and boring.
Having to call tech support for my website host pretty much always gets me into a tempestuous state.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "tempestuous" means when you can explain it without saying "agitated" or "turbulent."
Think of a place or event that seems chaotic to you, and fill in the blank: "(I couldn't wait to escape from/I was captivated by) the tempestuous _____."
Example: "I was captivated by the tempestuous ice skating rink, although I certainly didn't want to go out there myself."
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Playing With Words:
This month, we're playing New Word Order! It's a card game that I recently created; it involves figuring out the order in which certain words and phrases entered our language. I'll give you several words and/or phrases, and you'll use your knowledge of history, slang, technology, popular culture, fashion, psychology, etc. to put them into chronological order. I'll post the right answer to each question on the following day. If you like this game, you can download and print it to play with your family and friends. (It's free.)
When you play New Word Order on hard mode with a group of friends, you make one big timeline together, which can get pretty long—and that makes it challenging to place new terms on it! For about the final third of this month, we’re building one big timeline. (And we’ll finish out the month—the 28th through the 30th— with three unique and highly challenging questions.)
Yesterday's task was to add "brainwashing" to this timeline: Parallel parking, 1962 Pimped-out, 1988
Today, add this term to the timeline above: "fauxhawk."
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A Point Well Made:
T. S. Eliot:
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
1. The opposite of TEMPESTUOUS is
2. Her tempestuous _____ are getting out of hand.
A. kitchen appliances
B. credit card applications
C. mood swings
Answers are below.
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