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.

Usage Examples:

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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