- a violent windstorm, especially one with rain, hail, or snow.
- a violent commotion, disturbance, or tumult.
- to affect by or as by a tempest; disturb violently.
- tempest in a teacup. teacup(def 3).
Origin of tempest
- a comedy (1611) by Shakespeare.
Related Words for tempestwindstorm, tornado, tumult, hurricane, squall, uproar, cyclone, furor, upheaval, disturbance, blizzard, bluster, chaos, gale, typhoon, ferment, convulsion, wildness
Examples from the Web for tempest
Contemporary Examples of tempest
Much of the nation has been caught up in a tempest that resembled one of the dinner-table scenes in August: Osage County.Jian Ghomeshi’s Very Canadian Sex Scandal
October 29, 2014
Tempest, hurricane, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, or Big Bang?How Marine Le Pen and France’s Ultra-Right Won the Day
May 26, 2014
The first grey pencillings of dawn would raise a tempest which would shake two hemispheres.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Of course, this particular fooforaw may be a tempest in a teapot: OPM may rule that they can offer subsidies to staffers.Is Congress Trying to Exempt Itself From Obamacare?
April 25, 2013
When CEO Jamie Dimon first announced the loss in April, he pegged it at just $2 billion, and called it “a tempest in a teapot.”JPMorgan Chase Earnings: CEO Jamie Dimon Comes Clean
July 13, 2012
Historical Examples of tempest
The tempest suppressed his voice, as it had put out the fire.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Let us now turn to "The Tempest," and see how our poet figures in it.The Man Shakespeare
He looked like a harbinger of tempest, a shipmate of the Flying Dutchman.The Village Uncle (From "Twice Told Tales")
A writer who guesses his way to the truth and dispels it with a tempest of words.The Devil's Dictionary
This last speech of Slipslop raised a tempest in the mind of her mistress.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
- mainly literary a violent wind or storm
- a violent commotion, uproar, or disturbance
- (tr) poetic to agitate or disturb violently
Word Origin for tempest
Word Origin and History for tempest
"violent storm," mid-13c., from Old French tempeste (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *tempesta, from Latin tempestas (genitive tempestatis) "storm, weather, season," also "commotion, disturbance," related to tempus "time, season" (see temporal). Sense evolution is from "period of time" to "period of weather," to "bad weather" to "storm." Words for "weather" were originally words for "time" in languages from Russia to Brittany. Figurative sense of "violent commotion" is recorded from early 14c.