V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: a state of confusion and commotion
Synonyms: chaos, disorder, commotion, confusion, pandemonium, tumult, uproar
Antonyms: peace, calm, order
Tips: The origin of turmoil is unknown, but it may have been influenced by the words "turn" and "moil." Moil means "to stir or shake about." Picture many things turning and stirring in a confused fashion--that's turmoil.
The country was in turmoil during the war. (chaos, uproar, confusion)
She felt like her family was in turmoil after the divorce. (confusion, chaos)
Grandmother's kitchen was in a state of turmoil following the Thanksgiving feast. (chaos, disorder)
The earthquake caused a state of panic and turmoil throughout the city. (pandemonium, chaos)
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