tempest Definition

  • 1a violent windy storm
  • 2a tumultuous uproar or disturbance

Using tempest: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tempest" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The tempest caused widespread damage to the town.

  • Example

    He unleashed a tempest of anger at the meeting.

  • Example

    The political scandal created a tempest in a teapot.

  • Example

    She was caught in a tempest of emotions.

tempest Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with tempest

  • tempest in a teapot

    a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion


    The media frenzy over the celebrity's wardrobe malfunction was just a tempest in a teapot.

  • to endure a difficult situation


    Despite the challenges, they managed to weather the tempest and come out stronger.

  • tempest-tossed

    thrown into confusion or turmoil


    The company was tempest-tossed by the sudden departure of its CEO.

Origins of tempest

from Old French 'tempeste', from Latin 'tempestas'


Summary: tempest in Brief

The term 'tempest' [ˈtɛmpɪst] refers to a violent, windy storm or a tumultuous uproar or disturbance. It can describe both physical and emotional turmoil, as in 'She was caught in a tempest of emotions.' 'Tempest' is also used in phrases like 'tempest in a teapot,' meaning a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion, and 'weather the tempest,' meaning to endure a difficult situation.

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