- A state of great disorder or uncertainty.
2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “]http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18181971 England 1-0 Ukraine]”, in BBC Sport:
- Oleg Blokhin's side lost the talismanic Andriy Shevchenko to the substitutes' bench because of a knee injury but still showed enough to put England through real turmoil in spells.
- Harassing labour; trouble; disturbance.
- And there I'll rest, as after much turmoil, / A blessed soul doth in Elysium.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. […] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.
a state of great disorder or uncertainty
- (obsolete, intransitive) To be disquieted or confused; to be in commotion.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
- (obsolete, transitive) To harass with commotion; to disquiet; to worry.
- It is her fatal misfortune […] to be miserably tossed and turmoiled with these storms of affliction.