tempest

[tem-pist]
noun
1.
a violent windstorm, especially one with rain, hail, or snow.
2.
a violent commotion, disturbance, or tumult.
verb (used with object)
3.
to affect by or as by a tempest; disturb violently.
Idioms
4.
tempest in a teacup. teacup ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English tempeste < Old French < Vulgar Latin *tempesta, for Latin tempestās season, weather, storm, equivalent to tempes- (variant stem of tempus time) + -tās -ty2

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tempest (ˈtɛmpɪst)
 
n
1.  literary chiefly a violent wind or storm
2.  a violent commotion, uproar, or disturbance
 
vb
3.  poetic (tr) to agitate or disturb violently
 
[C13: from Old French tempeste, from Latin tempestās storm, from tempus time]

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tempest
"violent storm," mid-13c., from O.Fr. tempeste (11c.), from V.L. *tempesta, from L. tempestas (gen. tempestatis) "storm, weather, season," also "commotion, disturbance," related to tempus "time, season." Sense evolution is from "period of time" to "period of weather," to "bad weather" to "storm." Words
for "weather" were originally words for "time" in languages from Russia to Brittany. Figurative sense of "violent commotion" is recorded from early 14c.
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Example sentences
Our life-giving sun throws tempests that can scramble modern technology.
She seems unflustered by the tempests raging around her.
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