- being in a state of agitation or tumult; disturbed: turbulent feelings or emotions.
- characterized by, or showing disturbance, disorder, etc.: the turbulent years.
- given to acts of violence and aggression: the turbulent young soldiers.
Origin of turbulent
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Examples from the Web for turbulent
I wondered who else was making a mark in the field in these turbulent times.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
A group of them mentor the turbulent, desperate kids fresh off the streets who are at their most violent when they first arrive.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
The turbulent waters caused one of his oars to crack, which—without a motor or a sail—can be severely detrimental to his voyage.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
There are no polls yet in the attorney general race, but in a turbulent year in Lone Star politics, anything could happen.Texas’s Other Sam Houston
May 30, 2014
Each 6000kg sculpture is lowered to the seabed where it is drilled into the substrate to lessen the effects of turbulent weather.Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Underwater Sculptures Are a Sight to Sea
April 7, 2014
Every one, even in a turbulent, ill-disciplined life, should do the same.De Profundis
Confused and turbulent as Tiverton had become, Nicholas Oldfield settled her at once.Tiverton Tales
The events of that day dropped out of my mind in the turbulent weeks that followed.The Harbor
We sell the thrones of angels for a short and turbulent pleasure.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This bred high tempers, turbulent manners and contempt for the weak.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
- being in a state of turbulence
- wild or insubordinate; unruly
Word Origin and History for turbulent
1530s, "disorderly, tumultuous, unruly" (of persons), from Middle French turbulent (12c.), from Latin turbulentus "full of commotion, restless," from turba "turmoil, crowd" (see turbid). In reference to weather, attested from 1570s.