What does turmoil mean?

Definitions for turmoil
ˈtɜr mɔɪltur·moil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. convulsion, turmoil, upheavalnoun

    a violent disturbance

    "the convulsions of the stock market"

  2. tumult, turmoilnoun

    violent agitation

  3. agitation, excitement, turmoil, upheaval, hullabaloonoun

    disturbance usually in protest


  1. turmoilnoun

    A state of great disorder or uncertainty.

  2. Etymology: origin. Perhaps from.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Turmoilnoun

    Trouble; disturbance; harrassing uneasiness; tumultuous molestation. Little in use.

    Etymology: derived by Stephen Skinner from tremouille, French, a mil-hopper, more probably derived from moil, to labour.

    He seeks, with torment and turmoil,
    To force me live and will not let me die. Edmund Spenser.

    There I’ll rest, as after much turmoil
    A blessed soul doth in elysium. William Shakespeare.

    Blinded greatness ever in turmoil,
    Still seeking happy life, makes life a toil. Daniel.

    Happy when I, from this turmoil set free,
    That peaceful and divine assemby see. John Denham.

  2. To Turmoilverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    That is not fault of will in those godly fathers, but the troublous occasions wherewith that wretched realm hath continually been turmoiled. Edmund Spenser.

    It is her fatal misfortune above all other countries, to be miserably tossed and turmoiled with these storms of affliction. Edmund Spenser.

    Haughty Juno, who with endless broil,
    Did earth, and heav’n and Jove himself turmoil,
    At length aton’d, her friendly pow’r shall join. Dryden.

    Having newly left those grammatic shallows, where they stuck unreasonably to learn a few words, on the sudden are transported to be tost and turmoil’d with their unballasted wits in fathomless and unquiet deeps of controversy. John Milton.


  1. turmoil

    Turmoil is a state of great disturbance, confusion, uncertainty, or disorder. It can be applied to various situations such as social unrest, personal emotional conflict, or severe upheaval in any context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Turmoilnoun

    harassing labor; trouble; molestation by tumult; disturbance; worrying confusion

  2. Turmoilverb

    to harass with commotion; to disquiet; to worry

  3. Turmoilverb

    to be disquieted or confused; to be in commotion

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Turmoil

    tur′moil, n. harassing labour: disturbance.—v.t. to harass with commotion: to weary.—v.i. to be disquieted or in commotion. [Perh. L. tremĕre, to shake.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of turmoil in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of turmoil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of turmoil in a Sentence

  1. Michael Townshend:

    I do not see 2016 as being a big leap (in production). I think it will be much more gradual, iraq is going through its own turmoil about how much budget it can spend because every dollar that we spend, we claim back and it has to fit in their budget as well.

  2. Chief Executive Michael Roney:

    There's probably a bit more turmoil in North America than we see here in continental Europe and the UK.

  3. Joseph Schumpeter:

    Economic progress, in capitalist society, means turmoil.

  4. Amelia Barr:

    ...solitude is such a potential thing. We hear voices in solitude, we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life we receive counsels and comforts, we get under no other condition...

  5. Dale Carnegie:

    When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our own days and nights into a hellish turmoil.

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  • ا� طرابArabic
  • Aufruhr, Unruhe, Tumult, UnordnungGerman
  • turbulencia, dificultad, desordenSpanish
  • sekasorto, kaaos, myllerrysFinnish
  • chaos, désordreFrench
  • disordine, caos, scompiglioItalian
  • ქაოსიGeorgian
  • အရှုပ်အထွေးBurmese
  • zamieszaniePolish
  • суматоха, потрясение, смятение, хаос, беспорядок, смутаRussian
  • సంక్షోభంTelugu
  • خرابیUrdu

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