turmoil

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noun tur·moil \ˈtər-ˌmȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of turmoil

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

Examples of turmoil in a sentence

  1. The country has been in turmoil for the past 10 years.

  2. a period of political turmoil

  3. His life has been in a constant turmoil.

Origin and Etymology of turmoil

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1526


TURMOIL Defined for English Language Learners

turmoil

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noun tur·moil \ˈtər-ˌmȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of turmoil for English Language Learners

  • : a state of confusion or disorder


TURMOIL Defined for Kids

turmoil

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noun tur·moil \ˈtər-ˌmȯil\

Definition of turmoil for Students

  1. :  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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