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turmoil

Syllabification: tur·moil
Pronunciation: /ˈtərˌmoil
 
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Definition of turmoil in English:

noun

A state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty: the country was in turmoil he endured years of inner turmoil
More example sentences
  • His party piece is inner turmoil, and he does brooding intensity better than just about anyone.
  • Every muscle is blown up out of proportion, yet there is no hint of inner conflict or turmoil.
  • Sitting on his bed, he felt inner turmoil about it again as he did on countless occasions.
Synonyms
confusion, upheaval, turbulence, tumult, disorder, disturbance, agitation, ferment, unrest, disquiet, trouble, disruption, chaos, mayhem;
uncertainty
confused, chaotic, in chaos, topsy-turvy, at sixes and sevens;
reeling, disorientated
informal all over the place

Origin

early 16th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with turmoil

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