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
According to the complaint, Storch's life was in turmoil in 2010 thanks to his high-flying lifestyle and drug addiction.
But given the turmoil in the administration, erratic messaging, and unfilled administration vacancies, European officials aren't even sure what explains these types of snubs.
The political turmoil poured cold water on market bets that the central bank would accelerate the pace of rate cuts in response to a sharp inflation slowdown.
Previous expansions have caused turmoil but within 2 or 3 years, things moved on.
Some will say all this turmoil is the inevitable backlash of fame and fortune coming home to roost.
This year, Caleb began to work hard to earn his diploma, and his resolve got stronger even when his homelife was in turmoil.
Despite the political turmoil that has surrounded her speeches, Clinton has urged persistence and optimism.
That reality fueled extensive TV coverage of the tragedy, with networks replaying heartbreaking interviews with parents who came to pick up their children, only to be met with confusion and turmoil.
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Origin and Etymology of turmoil
First Known Use: 1526
TURMOIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of turmoil for English Language Learners
: a state of confusion or disorder
TURMOIL Defined for Kids
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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