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tempest Syllabification: tem·pest
Pronunciation: /ˈtempəst/

Definition of tempest in English:


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.


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.


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

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