maelstrom
[ meyl-struhm ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
from early modern Dutch (denoting a mythical whirlpool in the Arctic Ocean, west of Norway), from maalen ‘grind, whirl’ + stroom ‘stream’
Synonyms
  • tumult
  • whirlpool
  • vortex
  • eddy
  • swirl
Antonyms
  • calm
Definition
a large, powerful, or violent whirlpool.
Example
The captain shrieked as he realized it was too late—he was headed into the maelstrom.
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