- 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 turmoils
Longfellow's main vocation was away from the turmoils of the hour.The Negro and the Nation
George S. Merriam
The turmoils of his visit and his departure were great indeed.The Moonshiners At Hoho-Hebee Falls
Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
His fame has gone before him in this region, remote as it is from the turmoils of the world.A True Hero
In the silence of the night time when turmoils and strife are o'er.The Secret of the Creation
Howard D. Pollyen
It is not every man who can wrest vast wealth from the turmoils of a “Black Friday.”The Arena
- violent or confused movement; agitation; tumult
- archaic to make or become turbulent
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 Attested earlier in English as a verb (1510s), though this now is obsolete.