Origin of maelstrom
Examples from the Web for maelstrom
Ruffalo, who plays his brother, is great as the steady hand amid a maelstrom of emotion.
I directed the 15th episode, which was right in the middle of a maelstrom of shooting and cutting The Divide.Tony Goldwyn Tackles Political Scandal Again on ‘The Divide’|Jason Lynch|July 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the midst of this maelstrom came a strange and determinedly anachronistic new novel by William Goldman.American Dreams, 1973: The Princess Bride by William Goldman|Nathaniel Rich|August 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Had the election been close there, a maelstrom of litigation would have made us pine for hanging chads and Katherine Harris.Obama Needs to Embrace Voting Reform in 2013 State of the Union|Michael Waldman, Lawrence Norden|February 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Into this maelstrom of sorrow and rage stepped Rahul Gandhi.
It was not obvious to her; he had put her into a maelstrom of puzzles, but she did not tell him so.Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles
The officiating priests, however, remained unconvinced, and threw themselves without reserve into the maelstrom of revolution.History of the Jews, Vol. II (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
No whirlpool, not Maelstrom itself, could fright them as those four men.Gwen Wynn|Mayne Reid
He will carry on his struggle in the maelstrom of a large city, possibly Chicago.The Vice Bondage of a Great City or the Wickedest City in the World|Robert O. Harland
Yet there were charming people, both men and women, caught protesting in the maelstrom.Shadows of Flames|Amelie Rives
Word Origin for maelstrom
1680s (Hakluyt, 1560s, has Malestrand), name of a famous whirlpool off the northwest coast of Norway, from Danish malstrøm (1673), from older Dutch Maelstrom (modern maalstroom), literally "grinding-stream," from malen "to grind" (see meal) + stroom "stream" (see stream (n.)). The name was used by Dutch cartographers (e.g. Mercator, 1595). OED says perhaps originally from Færoic mal(u)streymur. Popularized as a synonym for "whirlpool" c.1841, the year of Poe's "A Descent into the Maelstrom."