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 of turmoil from the Web
Since the mid-1980s political turmoil has killed at least 44,000 in the Vale, and sadly forced the flight of its ancient 150,000-strong Hindu minority.
Rauner's decision to ratchet up pressure on the school funding issue also offered a distraction from the turmoil in his office, which has spilled into a second week.
In the background are the lure of riches from selling natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean and the security threat from turmoil in the Middle East.
After months of turmoil and questions about its leadership and culture, the company is now without a chief executive — a committee of executives is in charge.
The tweet was Trump's first public statement since taking office in favor of bringing down Obamacare with no replacement system in place - a move that could send the U.S. health-care system into deep turmoil.
Who would ever have guessed the depreciation of the Thai baht could spark such global turmoil?
Thailand and other Asian countries also have bulked up their foreign currency reserves, a key buffer for a country facing economic turmoil because they can be used to defend its currency, provide liquidity and generally shore up financial systems.
Testimony during the trial showed the girl's short life was marked by turmoil.
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Origin and Etymology of turmoil
First Known Use: 1526See Words from the same year
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Definition of turmoil for English Language Learners
: a state of confusion or disorder
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Definition of turmoil for Students
: 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, Tom Sawyer
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