Shakespeare's The Tempest begins with one — a tempest, or a violent and windy storm.

The meaning of tempest has expanded over time to include the idea of anger or fighting. A "tempest in a tea pot" means a passionate fight over something that is in fact fairly trivial. For example, a loud argument about whether to use cloth or paper napkins at Thanksgiving could be considered a "tempest in a tea pot" to some.

Definitions of tempest
  1. noun
    a violent commotion or disturbance
    “it was only a tempest in a teapot”
    synonyms: maelstrom, storm
  2. noun
    a strong storm with violent winds
    “a tempest swept over the island”
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    type of:
    a storm consisting of violent winds
Commonly confused words

Stormy Weather: A Tempest of Meteorological Terms

Given how much our day-to-day lives are influenced by weather, it's not surprising we have a rich vocabulary for storms.

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