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

Definition of turmoil

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Proud democracies may well survive this period of turmoil. The Economist, "How compatible are democracy and capitalism?," 13 June 2019 Remainers are smug, not to mention sniffy about submitting to so much turmoil only to sustain the status quo. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019 The classic country lament has the feeling of an instant standard, one that could have been sung by Tammy Wynette in the 1960s or Dolly Parton in the 1970s, but which feels uniquely suited to Underwood's recent personal turmoil as well. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Carrie Underwood Doesn't Hold Anything Back on Emotional 'Cry Pretty': Listen," 11 Apr. 2018 Not a moment will cause you emotional turmoil, except maybe some swooning. Vogue, "13 Perfect Rom-Coms to Help With Your Holiday Hangover Right Now," 1 Jan. 2019 The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Zuckerberg earlier this year told top executives at Facebook that the company was at war, and his approach has caused turmoil within the company. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Mark Zuckerberg is essentially untouchable at Facebook," 21 Nov. 2018 Winning generates money and prestige, while his dismissal would certainly cause turmoil for the football program. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Meyer probe costs $500K but still about what Ohio St wants," 14 Aug. 2018 That would cause turmoil in foreign-exchange and bond markets, and create an inflation shock. The Economist, "Breaking the curseWhy Gulf economies struggle to wean themselves off oil," 21 June 2018 Plans approved May 14 involving large-scale rezoning that would displace hundreds if not thousands of Ridge Point and Hightower High School created turmoil and uncertainty for many families. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bends ISD trustees to consider construction of new Sienna Plantation high school," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of turmoil

1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turmoil

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English Language Learners Definition of turmoil

: a state of confusion or disorder


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, Tom Sawyer

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