from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tossed about by storm or tempest: as, a storm-tossed bark; hence, agitated by conflicting passions or emotions: as, his storm-tossed spirit is at rest.

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  • adj. pounded or hit repeatedly by storms or adversities


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