tur·​moil | \ ˈtər-ˌmȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce turmoil (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The internal turmoil over the Jan. 6 attack was apparent throughout the documents, beyond Schroepfer’s internal post. NBC News, 25 Oct. 2021 People wondered whether the turmoil amid the WSU program would be a shot in the arm — apologies — for it or have the opposite effect, dragging it down. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 Producers and other industry veterans spoke to Variety with both anger and anguish about the turmoil surrounding production that is reflected in larger IATSE labor issues that took Hollywood to the brink of a strike earlier this month. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 23 Oct. 2021 Despite all the off-the-field turmoil, the Raiders pulled together under their new coach for a focused win at Denver. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 With all the industry turmoil, how did a company like OAG survive? Christopher Elliott, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Oleg Deripaska earned his fortune in the turmoil of the Soviet Union’s collapse. Brett Forrest, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 But the turmoil is especially grave and potentially long-lasting in Britain following the country’s decision to remove itself from the European Union. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 The turmoil has pumped seaborne freight costs to record highs, rising over 300% year on year as of August, encouraging some exporters to hold off on shipping goods with low profit margins. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2021

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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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“Turmoil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turmoil. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of turmoil

: a state of confusion or disorder


tur·​moil | \ ˈtər-ˌmȯil How to pronounce turmoil (audio) \

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, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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