Definitions for: Turmoil


[n] disturbance usually in protest
[n] violent agitation
[n] a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

And there I'll rest, as after much turmoil, A blessed
soul doth in Elysium. --Shak.


Tur*moil", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Turmoiled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Turmoiling.]
To harass with commotion; to disquiet; to worry. [Obs.]

It is her fatal misfortune . . . to be miserably tossed
and turmoiled with these storms of affliction.
--Spenser.


Tur*moil", v. i.
To be disquieted or confused; to be in commotion. [Obs.]
--Milton.

Synonyms: agitation, commotion, disruption, disturbance, excitement, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hullabaloo, hurly burly, kerfuffle, stir, to-do, tumult, upheaval

See Also: agitation, disorder, disturbance, garboil, incident, storm, storm center, storm centre, tempest, tumult, tumultuousness, uproar

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