being in a state of agitation or tumult; disturbed: turbulent feelings or emotions.
characterized by, or showing disturbance, disorder, etc.: the turbulent years.
given to acts of violence and aggression: the turbulent young soldiers.

1530–40; < Latin turbulentus restless, equivalent to turb(a) turmoil + -ulentus -ulent

turbulently, adverb
unturbulent, adjective
unturbulently, adverb

1. agitated, tumultuous, violent, tempestuous, disordered.
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turbulent (ˈtɜːbjʊlənt)
1.  being in a state of turbulence
2.  wild or insubordinate; unruly
[C16: from Latin turbulentus, from turba confusion]

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Word Origin & History

1538, "disorderly, tumultuous, unruly" (of persons), from M.Fr. turbulent (12c.), from L. turbulentus "full of commotion, restless," from turba "turmoil, crowd" (see turbid). In ref. to weather, attested from 1573. Turbulence is first recorded 1598.
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Example sentences
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  of a turbulent journey from criminal to icon.
He took office when order reigned, and left it when times grew turbulent.
The adjustable straps stay closed no matter how turbulent the water, or what
  you wedge your foot in below its surface.
Dimples on a golf ball create a thin turbulent boundary layer of air that
  clings to the ball's surface.
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