turbulent

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[TurĀ·bu*lent]

Turbulent means chaotic, disordered, characterized by conflict. A time of war is a turbulent time for a country. If your family moves and your parents get divorced, you might call that a turbulent period in your history.

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Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; roused to violent commotion; as, the turbulent ocean.

Adjective S.
(of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence; "the river''s roiling current"; "turbulent rapids"

Adjective S.
characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination; "effects of the struggle will be violent and disruptive"; "riotous times"; "these troubled areas"; "the tumultuous years of his administration"; "a turbulent and unruly childhood"


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Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; roused to violent commotion; as, the turbulent ocean.

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Disposed to insubordination and disorder; restless; unquiet; refractory; as, turbulent spirits.

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Producing commotion; disturbing; exciting.


Turbulent

Tur"bu*lent , a. [L. turbulentus, fr. turba disorder, tumult: cf. F. turbulent. See Turbid.] 1. Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; roused to violent commotion; as, the turbulent ocean.
Calm region once, And full of peace, now tossed and turbulent.
2. Disposed to insubordination and disorder; restless; unquiet; refractory; as, turbulent spirits.
Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit.
3. Producing commotion; disturbing; exciting.
Whose heads that turbulent liquor fills with fumes.
Syn. -- Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; riotous; seditious; insubordinate; refractory; unquiet.

Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; roused to violent commotion; as, the turbulent ocean.

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Usage Examples

The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.

The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right.

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Other Usage Examples

I talked about the need for American leadership, I talked about the importance of the United States to a more peaceful world, a world that has been quite turbulent in recent years, and needs a strong American anchor.

Who ever hears of fat men heading a riot, or herding together in turbulent mobs? No - no, your lean, hungry men who are continually worrying society, and setting the whole community by the ears.

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