turmoil
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈtɜːmɔɪl/
Noun

turmoil (uncountable)

  1. A state of great disorder or uncertainty.
  2. Harassing labour; trouble; disturbance.
    • c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene vii]:
      And there I'll rest, as after much turmoil, / A blessed soul doth in Elysium.
Synonyms Translations Verb

turmoil (turmoils, present participle turmoiling; past and past participle turmoiled)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To be disquieted or confused; to be in commotion.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To harass with commotion; to disquiet; to worry.
    • It is her fatal misfortune […] to be miserably tossed and turmoiled with these storms of affliction.



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