tur·​moil | \ ˈtər-ˌmȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce turmoil (audio) \

Definition of turmoil

: a state or condition of extreme confusion, agitation, or commotion

Examples of turmoil in a Sentence

The country has been in turmoil for the past 10 years. a period of political turmoil His life has been in a constant turmoil.
Recent Examples on the Web But according to some Wall Street insiders, despite the turmoil in the broader markets, the funds' demise likely won't foreshadow a similar fate for its hedge fund peers. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 20 May 2022 Some of those turned away are fleeing persecution, while others pushed out by turmoil in their home countries seek jobs and security. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 The brothers emphasized the layman's nature of their perspective, but also said the number of national news stories about turmoil in the schools would seem to indicate to anyone that something has gone wrong. Jon Brown, Fox News, 20 May 2022 More recently, so has the turmoil in financial markets, which has taken a bite out of retirement savings. New York Times, 19 May 2022 The announcement was the latest turmoil in Mali, where Col. Assimi Goïta led coups in 2020 and 2021 before becoming president. Washington Post, 16 May 2022 The dollar weakened as the turmoil in markets cooled off and some investors and analysts predicted that consumer price data could show that inflation has peaked. WSJ, 11 May 2022 In the early 1990s, a period of severe economic turmoil in Russia, nukes were the only credible defense Moscow had. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Apr. 2022 It’s the first increase in gas prices since early March, when turmoil in energy markets hit a crescendo following the invasion of Ukraine. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turmoil

1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turmoil

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“Turmoil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turmoil. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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tur·​moil | \ ˈtər-ˌmȯil How to pronounce turmoil (audio) \

Kids Definition of turmoil

: a very confused or disturbed state or condition … Tom made an honest effort to study, but the turmoil within him was too great.— Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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