- a state of great commotion, confusion, or disturbance; tumult; agitation; disquiet: mental turmoil caused by difficult decisions.
- Obsolete. harassing labor.
Origin of turmoil
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Examples from the Web for turmoil
In the wake of this turmoil, the New York Post reported that the police had stopped policing.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
He spoke of the present-day tragedies and turmoil that struck the city while he and his classmates were in the academy.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
Or “you give us Keystone, and we may refrain from throwing the world financial markets into turmoil.”For Obama, Hell Week Has Arrived
November 15, 2014
The area has long been peaceful, missing out on the turmoil common to the Gaza and the occupied West Bank.A New Intifada? Israel’s Arab Citizen Uprising Spreads
November 10, 2014
An old pro decodes the blind quotes and leaks surrounding the turmoil in the White House foreign policy team.Before Ditching His Top Aides, Obama Should Look in the Mirror
Leslie H. Gelb
November 2, 2014
Hast thou heard the saying of Gwgan, After escaping from the turmoil?Y Gododin
All the agitation and turmoil of the last few months seemed to fall away from him.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
I have so often come to them from the heat and turmoil of controversy.
Just think of it—all that fuss and all that turmoil over something so obvious.
Then, in the turmoil of his mind, there was no thought of the girl.The World Beyond
Raymond King Cummings
- violent or confused movement; agitation; tumult
- archaic to make or become turbulent
Word Origin and History for turmoil
1520s, perhaps an alteration of Middle French tremouille "mill hopper," in reference to the hopper's constant motion to and fro, from Latin trimodia "vessel containing three modii," from modius, a Roman dry measure, related to modus "measure." Attested earlier in English as a verb (1510s), though this now is obsolete.