Storm vs Calm - What's the difference?

storm | calm |

As a proper noun storm

is .

As an adjective calm is

(of a person) peaceful, quiet, especially free from anger and anxiety.

As a noun calm is

(in a person) the state of being calm; peacefulness; absence of worry, anger, fear or other strong negative emotion.

As a verb calm is

to make calm.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) storm, from (etyl) . Related to (l).


(en noun)
  • Any disturbed state of the atmosphere, especially as affecting the earth's surface, and strongly implying destructive or unpleasant weather.
  • * Shakespeare
  • We hear this fearful tempest sing, / Yet seek no shelter to avoid the storm .
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  • A violent agitation of human society; a civil, political, or domestic commotion; violent outbreak.
  • The proposed reforms have led to a political storm .
  • * Shakespeare
  • Her sister / Began to scold and raise up such a storm .
  • (meteorology) a wind scale for very strong wind, stronger than a gale, less than a hurricane (10 or higher on the Beaufort scale).
  • (military) A violent assault on a stronghold or fortified position.
  • Hyponyms
    * See also
    Coordinate terms
    * (meteorology) breeze, gale, hurricane
    Derived terms
    * barnstorm * bestorm * duststorm * leafstorm * sandstorm * snowstorm * storm in a tea-kettle * stormlike * stormtrooper * stormy * thunderstorm * windstorm
    See also
    * blizzard

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) stormen, sturmen, from (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To move quickly and noisily like a storm, usually in a state of uproar or anger.
  • She stormed out of the room.
  • To assault (a stronghold or fortification) with military forces.
  • Troops stormed the complex.




  • (of a person) Peaceful, quiet, especially free from anger and anxiety.
  • (of a place or situation) Free of noise and disturbance.
  • (of water) with little waves on the surface.
  • Without wind or storm.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * (free from anger and anxiety) stressed, nervous, anxious * (free of noise and disturbance) disturbed * (without wind or storm) windy, stormy

    Derived terms

    * calm as a millpond * ice-calm


    (en noun)
  • (in a person) The state of being calm; peacefulness; absence of worry, anger, fear or other strong negative emotion.
  • (in a place or situation) The state of being calm; absence of noise and disturbance.
  • A period of time without wind.
  • * Bible, Mark iv. 39
  • The wind ceased, and there was a great calm .


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * ice-calm


    (en verb)
  • To make calm.
  • to calm a crying baby
    to calm the passions
  • * Dryden
  • to calm the tempest raised by Aeolus
  • To become calm.
  • Synonyms

    * calm down, cool off, ease, pacify, quieten, soothe, subdue


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