1. A violent windstorm, frequently accompanied by rain, snow, or hail.
2. Furious agitation, commotion, or tumult; an uproar: "The tempest in my mind / Doth from my senses take all feeling" (Shakespeare).
tr.v. tem·pest·ed, tem·pest·ing, tem·pestsIdiom:
To cause a tempest around or in.
tempest in a teacup/teapot
A great disturbance or uproar over a matter of little or no importance.
[Middle English, from Old French tempeste, from Vulgar Latin *tempesta, variant of Latin tempestās, from tempus, time.]
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