turmoil

noun tur·moil \ ˈtər-ˌmȯi(-ə)l \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of turmoil

: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of turmoil

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TURMOIL Defined for English Language Learners

turmoil

Definition of turmoil for English Language Learners

  • : a state of confusion or disorder


TURMOIL Defined for Kids

turmoil

noun tur·moil \ ˈtər-ˌmȯil \

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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