A hurricane is an example of a tempest.
A sudden argument in a classroom is an example of a tempest.
- A great disturbance or uproar over a matter of little or no importance.
- A great commotion over a small problem.
Origin of tempest
- Middle English from Old French tempeste from Vulgar Latin tempesta variant of Latin tempestās from tempus time
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French tempeste (French: tempÃªte), from Latin tempestas, storm, from tempus, time, weather