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turbulent

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1 marked by bursts of destructive force or intense activity
  • the turbulent struggle for civil rights that shook up American society in the 1960s

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2 marked by turmoil or disturbance especially of natural elements
  • the turbulent rapids of the river were certainly daunting to those of us who were new to river rafting

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3 marked by wet and windy conditions
  • expect turbulent weather as the cold front brings rain and sleet

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4 marked by sudden or violent disturbance
  • these are turbulent, dangerous times in a region known for being a powder keg

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“Turbulent.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/turbulent. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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