roil

verb
\ ˈrȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce roil (audio) , sense vt 2 is also ˈrī(-ə)l\
roiled; roiling; roils

Definition of roil

transitive verb

1a : to make turbid by stirring up the sediment or dregs of
b : to stir up : disturb, disorder

intransitive verb

: to move turbulently : be in a state of turbulence or agitation conflicting emotions roiling inside her

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Synonyms for roil

Synonyms

boil, churn, moil, seethe

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Examples of roil in a Sentence

Financial markets have been roiled by the banking crisis. the waters of the gulf tossed and roiled as the hurricane surged toward the shore

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Violence certainly roils many countries around the world, and conflict is filled with drama. The Christian Science Monitor, "When decisions feel beyond our control," 10 June 2019 Her parents’ contentious divorce roiled her family. Aubrey Whelan, https://www.inquirer.com, "Two friends shared heroin in a KFC bathroom. One died, one went to prison. Their families are picking up the pieces.," 6 June 2019 Yet Trump, forever a counter-puncher, immediately roiled diplomatic docility by tearing into London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Jonathan Lemire And Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump turns from pomp to business in UK visit," 4 June 2019 Repin’s atypically gory depiction of the murder roiled Russian society from the start. Noah Sneider, Harper's magazine, "Slash Fictions," 10 May 2019 President Trump roiled financial markets Monday with his threats to impose a new round of tariffs on China as trade talks hit an impasse. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s China Brinksmanship," 6 May 2019 That conflict roils today whereas Russian agents, some uniformed and others disguised as civilians, try to seize that territory away from Kiev’s control. Alex Ward, Vox, "Russia just openly attacked Ukraine. That could mean their war will get worse.," 26 Nov. 2018 Ever so slowly, it is lowered through the ship's heart into the roiling waters below. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "A search for some of Earth’s most extreme creatures in the West Coast's deepest underwater canyon," 20 Apr. 2018 The protest against the letter and Sessions' comments added a local dimension to the roiling national debate. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says he is open to a path to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of roil

1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for roil

origin unknown

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roi-soleil

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roil

verb

English Language Learners Definition of roil

chiefly US
: to upset (someone or something) very much : to cause (someone or something) to become very agitated or disturbed
: to move in a violent and confused way

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