turmoil

[ tur-moil ]
/ ˈtɜr mɔɪl /

noun

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

Synonym study

1. See agitation.
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turmoil

/ (ˈtɜːmɔɪl) /

noun

violent or confused movement; agitation; tumult

verb

archaic to make or become turbulent

Word Origin for turmoil

C16: perhaps from turn + moil
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