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Tempest (noun)

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Témpest. n.s. [tempeste, Fr. tempestas, Lat.]

  1. The utmost violence of the wind; the names by which the wind is called according to the gradual encrease of its force seems to be, a breeze; a gale; a gust; a storm; a tempest.

    I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds
    Have riv'd the knotty oaks.
    Shakesp. Julius Cæsar.

    Some have been driven by tempest to the south. Abbot.

    What at first was call'd a gust, the same
    Hath now a storm's, anon a tempest's name.
    Donne.

    We, caught in a fiery tempest, shall be hurl'd
    Each on his rock transfix'd.
    Milton.

                    With clouds and storms
    Around thee thrown, tempest o'er tempest roll'd,
    Thou humblest nature with thy northern blast.
    Thomson.

  2. Any tumult; commotion; perturbation.

                The tempest in my mind
    Doth from my senses take all feeling else,
    Save what beats there.
    Shakespeare's King Lear.

Sources: Abbot, George (11) · Donne, John (44) · Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (42) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Milton, John (449) · Thomson, James (73)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Tempest (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 25, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15856.


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