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a tempest swept over the island
  a violent commotion or disturbance — especially a violent storm or emotional outburst
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tempest tempests
Strongly Associated with:   tempestuous
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  • a tempest swept over the island
  • Shakespeare’s The Tempest features a storm created by the character, Prospero.
  • it was only a tempest in a teapot
  • When first I rais’d the tempest
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest

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  • Thousands of voices repeated the benediction; thousands of men prostrated themselves like trees before a tempest.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • It was his habit to walk to and from church every Sunday, and this he did, undeterred by tempests, boiling sun, or freezing weather.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Julian seized her frantically, wrapping his arms around her; she felt his fingers knot into the back of her shirt as they fell forward into the Portal and were swallowed up by the tempest.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Her face was a tempest of guilt, misery, and bitterness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • You mean The Tempest?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The wind had increased to a tempest, and hurled great blazing brands over our heads.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire

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  • Prospero in The Tempest.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • He invented the name Miranda, you know, for The Tempest.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • For him, Emma Lazarus’s poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty summarized one of the things that made America great: GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR,
     So Goins wasn’t about to turn anyone away.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Nathan stood by the window, looking out at the sudden evening tempest, hands clasped behind him.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The play is The Tempest.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • You’re about as tempest-tossed as they come.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • While I watched the tempest, so beautiful yet terrific, I wandered on with a hasty step.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • If thou callest me that ill-name, I shall tell him of thee, and he will chase thy ship with a tempest!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Thunder split the air and the lightning bursts illuminated the churning, frothy tempest.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • HERMIA Belike for want of rain, which I could well Beteem them from the tempest of my eyes.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Then I felt that my vessel was a vain refuge, that trembled and shook before the tempest.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Then without warning the tempest broke.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • A sort of tempest arose on the 3rd of November, the squall knocking the vessel about with fury, and the waves running high.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • It was not long after, when a horrible tempest arose, at the same time attended with a huricane of wind.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • As they watched, the tempest’s wrath struck them like a hammer blow.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Henrique is a regular little tempest;—his mother and I have given him up, long ago.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Indeed they were at sea, and the ship and crew were in peril of tempest.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The count, pipe in hand, was pacing up and down the room, when Natasha, her face distorted by anger, burst in like a tempest and approached her mother with rapid steps.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • If after every tempest came such calms, may the winds blow till they have wakened death.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • If my mother happened to be near I crept into her arms, too miserable even to remember the cause of the tempest.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Chapter 1 For many days we had been tempest-tossed.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The tempest rose higher and higher, and presently the sail tore loose from its fastenings and went winging away on the blast.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • A short way on either side of our village the road falls into a frenzy of hard dirt ruts that look like ocean waves frozen solid in the middle of a tempest.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • In this part of the field there passed slowly the intense moments that precede the tempest.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • He beseeches the tempest; the imperturbable tempest obeys only the infinite.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The desperate tempest hath so bang’d the Turks That their designment halts; a noble ship of Venice Hath seen a grievous wreck and sufferance On most part of their fleet.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • The memories of purgatory came as they always did, like a tempest to his senses… the reek of rotting cabbage, the stench of death, human urine and feces.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Langdon sensed immediately that the commander was a man who had weathered tempests, his face hale and steeled.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The wind became a tempest, the woods roared and creaked all round them.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • Ah, poor Hay-Seed! how bitterly will burst those straps in the first howling gale, when thou art driven, straps, buttons, and all, down the throat of the tempest.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Tribulation wasn’t just tempests, hurricanes, floods and fires like the things they had in the Bible.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • There Jo was mistaken, for next day she made a discovery which produced a tempest.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Making it, however, was a long, ridiculously involved process: A potful of snow had to be gathered outside in the tempest, the stove assembled and lit, the oatmeal and sugar located, the remnants of yesterday’s dinner scraped from my bowl.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He had only to say: "Sugar, if I were you, I wouldn’t—" and the tempest would break.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I had come into a place mute of all light, that bellows as the sea does in a tempest, if it be combated by opposing winds.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • It was like coming suddenly upon some wild sight of nature—a mountain forest lashed by a tempest, a ship tossed about upon a stormy sea.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Mr. Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with vexatious phlegm: I don’t think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute tempest of worrying and yelping.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Blankets flapped over him as a tempest clawed at his room, hurling his possessions into the air and knocking the lanterns against the walls.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • And tell the Deep-Sea Viceroys the story of our woe; Ere, empty as the shark’s egg the tempest flings ashore, The Beaches of Lukannon shall know their sons no more!
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • D’Artagnan has turned aside from Buckingham, whom she hates as she hates everyone she has loved, the tempest with which Richelieu threatened him in the person of the queen.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
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