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To save this word, you'll need to log in. Maelstrom comes from an early Dutch proper noun that literally meant "turning stream. The word became popularized in the general vocabulary of English in reference to a powerful whirlpool, or something akin to one, in the 19th century. This was partly due to its use by writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne whose writing was widely translated from French in stories exaggerating the tempestuousness of the Norwegian current and transforming it into a whirling vortex. Examples of maelstrom in a Sentence She was caught in a maelstrom of emotions. The ship was drawn into the maelstrom. Recent Examples on the Web In short, recent years have been a dark maelstrom , a Hieronymus Bosch hellscape, in which, under the guise of the pursuit of pleasure, individuals are tortured, dehumanized, discarded, destroyed.
Ruffalo, who plays his brother, is great as the steady hand amid a maelstrom of emotion. I directed the 15th episode, which was right in the middle of a maelstrom of shooting and cutting The Divide. In the midst of this maelstrom came a strange and determinedly anachronistic new novel by William Goldman. Had the election been close there, a maelstrom of litigation would have made us pine for hanging chads and Katherine Harris.