Definition of turmoil noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

turmoil

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtɜːmɔɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrmɔɪl//
 
[uncountable, singular]
 
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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.
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