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Definition a state of confusion, disturbance, or disorder
  • They all put the turmoil behind them as best they could and carried on with their lives.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
turmoil = disturbance
  • There were further angry demonstrations, Goldstein was burned in effigy, hundreds of copies of the poster of the Eurasian soldier were torn down and added to the flames, and a number of shops were looted in the turmoil; then a rumor flew round that spies were directing the rocket bombs by means of wireless waves, and an old couple who were suspected of being of foreign extraction had their house set on fire and perished of suffocation.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • turmoil = violent disturbance
  • As the great arctic explorer and Nobel laureate Fridtjof Nansen points out, "these remarkable voyages were .... undertaken chiefly from the wish to find lonely places, where these anchorites might dwell in peace, undisturbed by the turmoil and temptations of the world."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • turmoil = disturbances
  • His age was beginning to show, his one sign of inner turmoil, the strong line of his jaw melted a little, one became aware of telltale creases forming under his ears, one noticed not his jet-black hair but the gray patches growing at his temples.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • turmoil = agitation (being disturbed or upset)
  • But Mrs. Livingston sees a soul in turmoil, a young girl looking for the right answers, not just the easy ones.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • While his mouth answered these everyday questions, Artemis's mind was in turmoil.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The turmoil among Reb Saunders' followers that was caused by this announcement was considerable.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • I was scared and worried about what turmoil the next day might bring.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • When I last spoke to a certain teammate, his life had been thrown into turmoil.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He did not go through the turmoil of deciding; he leaped to decision without it.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • His insides burned with turmoil.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • She was cowering at the back wall, trapped by a turmoil of shrieking mares.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • My girlfriend's son was in a constant state of hopeless turmoil, trying to repair what was beyond repair.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • The house was thrown into mathematical turmoil.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • And yet in the midst of this turmoil, the Nautilus lived up to that saying of an expert engineer: "A well–constructed hull can defy any sea!"
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The turmoil stirred up the sea-monsters.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The Goober arrived at the last moment and made his way through the turmoil to the top of the bleachers.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • When the squall had passed, the silence in the room grew denser, filled only by the silent turmoil of the unseen battle.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • And when those cities exploded into turmoil, men who had not believed me would telephone to tell me I had been right and they had been wrong.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Treason and turmoil followed, as night follows day, ending at Summerhall in sorcery, fire, and grief.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons

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