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 Dictionary entry overview: What does turmoil mean? 

TURMOIL (noun)
  The noun TURMOIL has 3 senses:

1. a violent disturbance
2. violent agitation
3. disturbance usually in protest

  Familiarity information: TURMOIL used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

TURMOIL (noun)

Sense 1turmoil [BACK TO TOP]


A violent disturbance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


turmoil; upheaval; convulsion

Context example:

the convulsions of the stock market

Hypernyms ("turmoil" is a kind of...):

commotion; disruption; disturbance; flutter; hoo-ha; hoo-hah; hurly burly; kerfuffle; to-do (a disorderly outburst or tumult)

Sense 2turmoil [BACK TO TOP]


Violent agitation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions


turmoil; tumult

Hypernyms ("turmoil" is a kind of...):

agitation (the feeling of being agitated; not calm)

Sense 3turmoil [BACK TO TOP]


Disturbance usually in protest

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


hullabaloo; turmoil; agitation; excitement; upheaval

Hypernyms ("turmoil" is a kind of...):

disturbance (the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion)

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