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Definition of "tempest" []

  • A violent windstorm, frequently accompanied by rain, snow, or hail. (noun)
  • Furious agitation, commotion, or tumult; an uproar: "The tempest in my mind/Doth from my senses take all feeling” ( Shakespeare). (noun)
  • To cause a tempest around or in. (verb-transitive)
  • Teacup A great disturbance or uproar over a matter of little or no importance. (idiom)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tempest" in a sentence
  • "So, in that sense, the tempest is a manufactured one, not the split."
  • "And what wonderful melodies did she play on it when the winds of heaven blew about her and the mountain tempest thundered and the great stars stayed to listen?"
  • "Continually the tempest is shot through with the leaping lightning and crashing thunder, like steady cannonading, echoing and reechoing, roaring through the vast empty spaces of the heavens."