a state of great commotion, confusion, or disturbance; tumult; agitation; disquiet: mental turmoil caused by difficult decisions.
Obsolete. harassing labor.

1505–15; orig. as v.: to agitate; etymology uncertain; perhaps tur(n) + moil

1. turbulence, disorder, uproar. See agitation.

1. order, quiet.
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turmoil (ˈtɜːmɔɪl)
1.  violent or confused movement; agitation; tumult
2.  archaic to make or become turbulent
[C16: perhaps from turn + moil]

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Word Origin & History

1526, perhaps an alteration of M.Fr. tremouille "mill hopper," in reference to the hopper's constant motion to and fro, from L. trimodia "vessel containing three modii," from modius, a Roman dry measure, related to modus "measure." Attested earlier in Eng. as a verb (c.1511), though this now is obsolete.
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Such enrollments typically dip in times of financial turmoil because such study
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Religious faith is both a universal source of community and a universal source
  of turmoil.
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