Definition of turmoil in English:



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

    ‘the country was in turmoil’
    ‘he endured years of inner turmoil’
    • ‘He believes they can survive even the current turmoil afflicting agriculture.’
    • ‘He would lie awake, his mind in turmoil, too active with the words of the professor.’
    • ‘His behaviour was totally out of character when he was in emotional turmoil.’
    • ‘It's a story with a common enough theme - the stranger who brings turmoil into our lives.’
    • ‘It was a society in turmoil, one that resented its own fate and was trying to come to grips with it all.’
    • ‘Devoting seven years of one's life to something like this brings its own inner turmoil.’
    • ‘As a result of these factors there is a strong possibility of some kind of financial turmoil over the coming years.’
    • ‘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 party piece is inner turmoil, and he does brooding intensity better than just about anyone.’
    • ‘The announcement came at a time when the stock markets around the world were in turmoil.’
    • ‘At the time it was painted, the Highlands were in a state of social turmoil.’
    • ‘He's forceful and intimidating when necessary, but also convincingly conveys the character's inner turmoils and uncertainties.’
    • ‘Far from bringing relief from emotional turmoil, success only made it worse.’
    • ‘The decision about what to do next with Milosevic threw the Yugoslav government into turmoil.’
    • ‘The recent turmoil in the US energy market has created a unique opportunity for the new firm.’
    • ‘The redhead looked up and saw in Begbie's eyes an echo of his own inner turmoil.’
    • ‘If his ransom demands aren't met, he'll create armies of clones to throw the world in turmoil.’
    • ‘Sitting on his bed, he felt inner turmoil about it again as he did on countless occasions.’
    • ‘Dunfermline are a club still suffering the aftershocks of financial turmoil.’
    in confusion, in a whirl, at sixes and sevens
    reeling, spinning, disorientated
    all over the place, not knowing whether one is coming or going
    confusion, turbulence, tumult, disorder, commotion, disturbance, agitation, ferment, unrest, trouble, disruption, upset, convulsions, chaos, mayhem, pandemonium, bedlam, uproar
    sturm und drang
    moil, coil
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Early 16th century: of unknown origin.