a state of great anxiety and confusion synonym confusion emotional/mental/political turmoil His statement threw the court into turmoil. Her mind was in (a) turmoil. She felt much calmer after the turmoil of recent weeks. Word Origin early 16th cent.: of unknown origin.Extra examples He came to a stop, his thoughts in turmoil. Her emotional life was thrown into turmoil. Her mind was in a state of constant turmoil. The university had been in turmoil over anti-war protests. a turmoil of emotions His mind was in (a) turmoil. His statement threw the court into turmoil. I walked away in a state of mental turmoil. She hid her inner turmoil. The country was hurled into the turmoil of another general election.