Origin of turmoiltur- ( from uncertain or unknown; perhaps turbulent) + moil
An example of turmoil is the feelings one has if they need to quickly relocate to a new city.
Origin of turmoilOrigin unknown
(usually uncountable, plural turmoils)
(third-person singular simple present turmoils, present participle turmoiling, simple past and past participle turmoiled)
- (obsolete, intransitive) To be disquieted or confused; to be in commotion.
- (obsolete) To harass with commotion; to disquiet; to worry.
Unknown origin. Perhaps from Old French tremouille (“the hopper of a mill").
- There was turmoil in her pale blue eyes.
- He felt her turmoil through their bond and ached to ease her pain.
- Jule sensed a great deal of turmoil behind his calm features and pitied the man.
- But the question was soon forgotten in the turmoil caused by the Crimean War.
- In the turmoil of his later life he looked back with regret to his student days; and "for all his troubles philosophy was his only cure."