Definition of maelstrom noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    maelstrom

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈmeɪlstrɑm//
     
    , NAmE//ˈmeɪlstrəm//
     
    [usually singular]
     
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  1. 1(literary) a situation full of strong emotions or confusing events, that is hard to control and makes you feel frightened a maelstrom of conflicting emotions They were being sucked into the maelstrom of war.
  2. 2a very strong current of water that moves in circles synonym whirlpool
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