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1 a violent commotion or disturbance; "the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away"; "it was only a tempest in a teapot" [syn: storm]
2 (literary) a violent wind; "a tempest swept over the island"

User Contributed Dictionary



From tempeste (French: tempête), from tempestas, storm, from tempus, time, weather


  1. A storm, especially one with severe winds.
    • 1847, Herman Melville, Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas, ch. 16,
      As every sailor knows, a spicy gale in the tropic latitudes of the Pacific is far different from a tempest in the howling North Atlantic.
  2. Any violent tumult or commotion.
    • 1914, Ambrose Bierce, "One Officer, One Man,"
      They awaited the word "forward"—awaited, too, with beating hearts and set teeth the gusts of lead and iron that were to smite them at their first movement in obedience to that word. The word was not given; the tempest did not break out.




  1. In the context of "intransitive|rare": To storm.
  2. In the context of "transitive|chiefly|poetic": To disturb, as by a tempest.
    • 1811, Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Drowned Lover," in Poems from St. Irvyne,
      Oh! dark lowered the clouds on that horrible eve,
      And the moon dimly gleamed through the tempested air.


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Extensive Definition

A tempest is a violent storm.
Tempest or The Tempest may also refer to:
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tempest in German: Tempest
tempest in French: Tempest
tempest in Croatian: Oluja (razdvojba)
tempest in Italian: Tempesta (disambigua)
tempest in Hebrew: סערה
tempest in Dutch: Tempest
tempest in Japanese: テンペスト
tempest in Portuguese: Tempest
tempest in Finnish: Tempest

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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