tur·​moil ˈtər-ˌmȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce turmoil (audio)
: 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 on the Web Uvalde has been in turmoil in the two years since the shooting. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 22 May 2024 While Iran's government is in transition, Israel's leadership is in turmoil. Suzanne Nuyen, NPR, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for turmoil 

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First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turmoil was in 1526

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“Turmoil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turmoil. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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tur·​moil ˈtər-ˌmȯil How to pronounce turmoil (audio)
: a very confused or disturbed state or condition

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