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tempest

Line breaks: tem|pest
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmpɪst
 
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Definition of tempest in English:

noun

A violent windy storm: a raging tempest figurative a worldwide tempest of economic recession
More 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

Origin

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

Phrases

a tempest in a teapot

1
North American term for a storm in a teacup (see storm).
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.

Words that rhyme with tempest

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