tur·moil | \ ˈtər-ˌmȯi(-ə)l \

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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Trump’s comments about the U.K. refer to recent chaos in Prime Minister Theresa May’s government, which has been thrown into turmoil by a series of high-profile resignations by Brexit-supporting ministers. Siobhan Morrin, Time, "President Trump Says His Putin Meeting Will Be 'Easiest of Them All' Ahead of Europe Trip," 10 July 2018 Krzanich’s ouster throws into turmoil the leadership of a company that’s been a model of stability and organization for 50 years. Philly.com, "Intel CEO Krzanich resigns after relationship with employee," 21 June 2018 Then, in early December, coach Willie Taggart’s departure to Florida State threw Oregon into turmoil, putting the Ducks in an extremely difficult recruiting position that few other programs nationally faced. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Inside Oregon Ducks recruiting: Mario Cristobal hopes strategic changes pay dividends," 7 Feb. 2018 This comes during at time of widespread turmoil over another Trump administration immigration policy. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "12-year-old girl sobs at rally while talking about her father, who was detained by ICE," 26 June 2018 German investor confidence tumbled to its lowest level since 2012, as U.S. trade tariffs and Italy's political turmoil added to concerns that the economy is weakening. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 14 June 2018 Mulki, a business-friendly politician, was appointed in May 2016 and given the responsibility of reviving a sluggish economy and business sentiment hit by regional turmoil. Suleiman Al-khalidi And Ellen Francis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Jordan's king appoints a new PM amid widespread unrest over tax hikes," 4 June 2018 Two years ago, Croatia's campaign at the 2016 European Championship was overshadowed by turmoil in the stands as fans hurled dozens of flares onto the field in protest against the football federation leadership. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia 'love' their underdog status in Sunday's World Cup final," 12 July 2018 Insurers said the freeze would cause turmoil in insurance markets and drive up premiums. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump Officials Slash Grants That Help Consumers Get Obamacare," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of turmoil

1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turmoil

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of turmoil

: a state of confusion or disorder


tur·moil | \ ˈtər-ˌmȯil \

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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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