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tempest

noun tem·pest \ ˈtem-pəst \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of tempest

1 : a violent storm
2 : tumult, uproar

Examples of tempest in a Sentence

  1. the sudden summertime tempest drove us off the golf course and into the clubhouse

  2. the town council handled the tempest over cuts to the school budget as well as could be expected

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Origin and Etymology of tempest

Middle English tempeste, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *tempesta, alteration of Latin tempestas season, weather, storm, from tempus time


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tempest

verb

Definition of tempest

transitive verb
: to raise a tempest in or around

First Known Use of tempest

14th century



TEMPEST Defined for English Language Learners

tempest

noun

Definition of tempest for English Language Learners

  • : a violent storm


TEMPEST Defined for Kids

tempest

noun tem·pest \ ˈtem-pəst \

Definition of tempest for Students

1 : a strong wind often accompanied by rain, hail, or snow
2 : uproar


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