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.

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. Lee Zeldin:

    Despite some personal turmoil, I remain hopeful for the future for both my family and for our nation.

  2. Julian Zelizer:

    If the late 1960s is basis for comparison, things could get worse. The turmoil of the late 1960s didn't end with things becoming calmer, but the fault lines only intensified, in many ways we have been red hot ever since. Sometimes red hot moments such as this don't fizzle but generate a foundation for future political battles. I think that's the case right now, especially since there are institutions such as the partisan media that will continue to fuel the flames...

  3. Peter Orszag:

    Periods of turmoil underscore the value of a trusted adviser and a global platform that spans not only M&A but also restructuring and sovereign advisory, we remain active advising clients as they navigate the drivers of how long the crisis will last, how they should adjust their balance sheets, and what else they should be doing to respond.

  4. Lawrence Gostin:

    The risk of holding the Olympic Games is lower than the risk of cancelling or postponing( them) due to the economic and political turmoil it would cause in Brazil.

  5. Devora Kestel:

    The isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil - they all cause or could cause psychological distress.

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  • Aufruhr, Unruhe, Tumult, UnordnungGerman
  • turbulencia, dificultad, desordenSpanish
  • sekasorto, kaaos, myllerrysFinnish
  • chaos, désordreFrench
  • disordine, scompiglio, caosItalian
  • ქაოსიGeorgian
  • အရှုပ်အထွေးBurmese
  • zamieszaniePolish
  • смута, смятение, потрясение, хаос, беспорядок, суматохаRussian
  • సంక్షోభంTelugu
  • خرابیUrdu

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    a long narrow excavation in the earth
    • A. elation
    • B. sweep
    • C. ditch
    • D. abandon

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