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Coined by L. Ron Hubbard, probably from turbulent or disturbed, to describe a state of mind.


enturbulate (third-person singular simple present enturbulates, present participle enturbulating, simple past and past participle enturbulated)

  1. (nonstandard) To agitate or disturb; to upset, harass.
    • 1971, William S. Burroughs[1], The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead, Grove Press, 1992, →ISBN [2]
      Underground armies operate in the large cities enturbulating the police with false information through anonymous phone calls and letters.
    • 1976, Emma McLoy Layman, Buddhism in America, Nelson-Hall, page 86, →ISBN [3]
      If, sitting quietly, one concentrates one's complete attention on one's own voice the mantra, the worry and distress which continually enturbulate the mind will gradually subside and one will gradually be suffused with a deep calm.

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This word is a shibboleth used almost exclusively by members or former members of Scientology, as well as critics.

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