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turbulence (noun) a situation of violent disturbances and changes; irregular and violent movements of wind.
There is turbulence when a country is politically disturbed and there is a lot of violence following the political disturbance. A serious emotional and mental disturbance a person experiences is also turbulence.
- With the fall of Saddam Hussein Iraq went into a state of turbulence. Every thing in the country is in total disorder, with violence breaking up very frequently.
- The world experienced turbulence during World War II. Violence was there everywhere, and confusion and uncertainty filled the world.