[ tem-pist ]
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  1. a violent windstorm, especially one with rain, hail, or snow.

  2. a violent commotion, disturbance, or tumult.

verb (used with object)
  1. to affect by or as by a tempest; disturb violently.

Idioms about tempest

  1. tempest in a teacup. teacup (def. 3).

Origin of tempest

1200–50; Middle English tempeste<Old French <Vulgar Latin *tempesta, for Latin tempestās season, weather, storm, equivalent to tempes- (variant stem of tempus time) + -tās-ty2

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British Dictionary definitions for tempest


/ (ˈtɛmpɪst) /

  1. mainly literary a violent wind or storm

  2. a violent commotion, uproar, or disturbance

  1. (tr) poetic to agitate or disturb violently

Origin of tempest

C13: from Old French tempeste, from Latin tempestās storm, from tempus time

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