Definition of tempest in English:

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tempest

Pronunciation: /ˈtempəst/

noun

A violent windy storm.
Example sentences
  • Abruptly following, a hoard of men appeared on the ridge, and with a howl like a raging tempest, chaos erupted.
  • The first thing I noticed as we approached the front door was that outside seemed to be caught up in a violent tempest.
  • Calm seas and easy winds do not test a ship's worthiness, but it is the tempest and the hurricane that show her true metal.
Synonyms
storm, gale, hurricane;
tornado, whirlwind, cyclone, typhoon

Phrases

a tempest in a teapot

North American Great anger or excitement about a trivial matter.
Example sentences
  • In reality, the firestorm of publicity engulfing Gaughan was nothing more than a tempest in a teapot.
  • A review of the registration process might prove whether this is a tempest in a teapot.
  • A more valid criticism, perhaps, is that the report is a tempest in a teapot.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French tempeste, from Latin tempestas 'season, weather, storm', from tempus 'time, season'.

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Syllabification: tem·pest

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