[ tem-pist ]
/ ˈtɛm pɪst /


a violent windstorm, especially one with rain, hail, or snow.
a violent commotion, disturbance, or tumult.

verb (used with object)

to affect by or as by a tempest; disturb violently.


    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

Definition for tempest (2 of 2)

Tempest, The


a comedy (1611) by Shakespeare.
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British Dictionary definitions for tempest


/ (ˈtɛmpɪst) /


mainly literary a violent wind or storm
a violent commotion, uproar, or disturbance


(tr) poetic to agitate or disturb violently

Word Origin for tempest

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