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tempest

[ tem-pist ]
/ ˈtɛm pɪst /
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noun
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.
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Idioms about tempest

    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

tempest
/ (ˈtɛmpɪst) /

noun
mainly literary a violent wind or storm
a violent commotion, uproar, or disturbance
verb
(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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