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.

Usage Examples:

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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