Definition of turmoil in English:

turmoil

noun

  • A state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty.

    ‘the country was in turmoil’
    ‘he endured years of inner turmoil’
    • ‘The decision about what to do next with Milosevic threw the Yugoslav government into turmoil.’
    • ‘The redhead looked up and saw in Begbie's eyes an echo of his own inner turmoil.’
    • ‘Far from bringing relief from emotional turmoil, success only made it worse.’
    • ‘He would lie awake, his mind in turmoil, too active with the words of the professor.’
    • ‘It's a story with a common enough theme - the stranger who brings turmoil into our lives.’
    • ‘As a result of these factors there is a strong possibility of some kind of financial turmoil over the coming years.’
    • ‘The recent turmoil in the US energy market has created a unique opportunity for the new firm.’
    • ‘His party piece is inner turmoil, and he does brooding intensity better than just about anyone.’
    • ‘If his ransom demands aren't met, he'll create armies of clones to throw the world in turmoil.’
    • ‘It was a society in turmoil, one that resented its own fate and was trying to come to grips with it all.’
    • ‘He's forceful and intimidating when necessary, but also convincingly conveys the character's inner turmoils and uncertainties.’
    • ‘Dunfermline are a club still suffering the aftershocks of financial turmoil.’
    • ‘Sitting on his bed, he felt inner turmoil about it again as he did on countless occasions.’
    • ‘Devoting seven years of one's life to something like this brings its own inner turmoil.’
    • ‘The announcement came at a time when the stock markets around the world were in turmoil.’
    • ‘He believes they can survive even the current turmoil afflicting agriculture.’
    • ‘Every muscle is blown up out of proportion, yet there is no hint of inner conflict or turmoil.’
    • ‘Would an American recession inevitably plunge the rest of the globe into fresh economic turmoil?’
    • ‘His behaviour was totally out of character when he was in emotional turmoil.’
    • ‘At the time it was painted, the Highlands were in a state of social turmoil.’
    confusion, upheaval, upheavals, turbulence, tumult, disorder, commotion, disturbance, agitation, ferment, unrest, trouble, disruption, upset, convulsions, chaos, mayhem, pandemonium, bedlam, uproar
    in confusion, in a whirl, at sixes and sevens
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Origin

Early 16th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

turmoil

/ˈtərˌmɔɪl//ˈtərˌmoil/