turmoil
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1526 a state or condition of extreme confusion, agitation, or commotion

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  • Turmoil — means chaos or disorder. It also has the following uses:* Turmoil (1984 video game), a 1984 video game released by Bug Byte *The Triplane Turmoil series, a 1996 video game by Finnish Dodekaedron Software and its sequel * Team in Turmoil , the… …   Wikipedia

  • Turmoil — Tur moil, n. [Of uncertain origin; perhaps fr. OF. tremouille the hopper of a mill, trembler to tremble (cf. E. tremble); influenced by E. turn and moil.] Harassing labor; trouble; molestation by tumult; disturbance; worrying confusion. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turmoil — Tur*moil , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turmoiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turmoiling}.] To harass with commotion; to disquiet; to worry. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It is her fatal misfortune . . . to be miserably tossed and turmoiled with these storms of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turmoil — Tur*moil , v. i. To be disquieted or confused; to be in commotion. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turmoil — I noun activity, ado, agitation, bedlam, bustle, chaos, commotion, confusion, convulsion, discord, disorder, disquiet, distraction, disturbance, excitement, ferment, fracas, fuss, havoc, huddle, imbroglio, jumble, melee, muddle, pandemonium,… …   Law dictionary

  • turmoil — (n.) 1520s, perhaps an alteration of M.Fr. tremouille mill hopper, in reference to the hopper s constant motion to and fro, from L. trimodia vessel containing three modii, from modius, a Roman dry measure, related to modus measure. Attested… …   Etymology dictionary

  • turmoil — *commotion, agitation, tumult, turbulence, confusion, convulsion, upheaval Analogous words: agitation, disquiet, disturbance, perturbation (see corresponding verbs at DISCOMPOSE): restlessness, nervousness, uneasiness, jitteriness (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • turmoil — [n] chaos agitation, ailment, anxiety, anxiousness, bedlam, bustle, commotion, confusion, disorder, disquiet, disquietude, distress, disturbance, dither, ferment, flap*, flurry, freefor all*, fuss, hassle*, hectic, hubbub*, lather*, mix up, noise …   New thesaurus

  • turmoil — ► NOUN ▪ a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • turmoil — [tʉr′moil΄] n. [tur (< ? TURBULENT) + MOIL] tumult; commotion; uproar; confusion …   English World dictionary

  • turmoil — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ constant ▪ Her mind was in a state of constant turmoil. ▪ great ▪ emotional, inner, internal, mental …   Collocations dictionary

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