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[tur-moil] /ˈtɜr mɔɪl/
a state of great commotion, confusion, or disturbance; tumult; agitation; disquiet:
mental turmoil caused by difficult decisions.
Obsolete. harassing labor.
Origin of turmoil
1505-15; orig. as v.: to agitate; etymology uncertain; perhaps tur(n) + moil
1. turbulence, disorder, uproar.
1. order, quiet.
Synonym Study
1. See agitation. Unabridged
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  • After the Maccaban turmoils the inhabitants seem to have deserted the tell.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • Longfellow's main vocation was away from the turmoils of the hour.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • But the queen was in no hurry for that lady's return, knowing well what turmoils she was apt to bring in her train.

  • His fame has gone before him in this region, remote as it is from the turmoils of the world.

    A True Hero W.H.G. Kingston
  • The turmoils of civil war in France had now left Corsica to her own pursuits for many months.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • It is not every man who can wrest vast wealth from the turmoils of a “Black Friday.”

    The Arena Various
  • His reasons, some of them, were forcible; he liked the quiet of the wilderness, away from the turmoils of the envious white race.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • Living at Poitiers Radegund was close to the scene of these turmoils.

    Woman under Monasticism Lina Eckenstein
  • Without doubt it had its squabbles, its turmoils, its excitements.

    Fifth Avenue Arthur Bartlett Maurice
  • For the few days that remained to him in this world, he might be well contented to abandon the turmoils and troubles of life.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for turmoils


violent or confused movement; agitation; tumult
(archaic) to make or become turbulent
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from turn + moil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for turmoils



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 Attested earlier in English as a verb (1510s), though this now is obsolete.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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