(Latin) turbulentus, from turba disorder, tumult: confer (French) 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. Milton.2. Disposed to insubordination and disorder; restless; unquiet; refractory; as, turbulent spirits. Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit. Dryden.3. Producing commotion; disturbing; exciting. Whose heads that turbulent liquor fills with fumes. Milton.
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From Latin turbulentus, from turba (“disorder, tumult”).
Adjective turbulent (comparative more turbulent, superlative most turbulent) Violently disturbed or agitated; tempestuous, tumultuous. It is dangerous to sail in turbulent seas. Being in, or causing, disturbance or unrest. 2013 August 10, Lexington, “Keeping the mighty honest”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: The Post's proprietor through those turbulent days, Katharine Graham, held a double place in Washington’s hierarchy: at once regal Georgetown hostess and scrappy newshound, ready to hold the establishment to account. That is a very American position. The mid-19th century was a turbulent time in American history.
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