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
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.
In 1980, Grayson was fired by the school board after several months of turmoil over his job performance.
Thailand has been buffeted by political turmoil since 2006, when protests against Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck’s brother and prime minister since 2001, led to an earlier coup.
But despite the constant turmoil, New Edition has remained one of the most influential R&B groups of the last 30 years, launching the solo careers of Brown, Johnny Gill, and Ralph Tresvant, along with the side-band Bell Biv DeVoe.
Please pray for the world’s wellness enthusiasts during this time of intense 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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