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maelstrom

noun [C usually singular] (SITUATION)    /ˈmeɪl.strɒm/ US  /-strəm/
a situation in which there is great confusion, violence, and destruction: The country is gradually being sucked into the maelstrom of civil war.Social order and disorder
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