V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. characterized by violent motion and agitation; 2. full of disorder; 3. tending to act aggressively or violently
Synonyms: stormy, chaotic, unruly, disorderly, agitated, excited, belligerent, tempestuous, boisterous, turbid
Antonyms: calm, peaceful, tranquil, placid
Tips: Turbulent comes from the Latin word turba, "disorder." Think of how the ocean becomes turbulent during a storm. Likewise, relationships, politics, and a variety of other situations can be described as turbulent when they are chaotic or stormy.
My parents' turbulent marriage eventually ended in divorce. (stormy, tempestuous)
The sea looks too turbulent to go out for a sail today. (stormy, agitated)
I simply couldn't concentrate on my work in my turbulent state of mind. (agitated, excited)
Although their relationship seems turbulent at times, I think they're actually quite happy. (chaotic, tempestuous)
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