Part of speech: noun

A whirlpool or current off the coast of Norway, formerly credited with resistless destructive power.

Part of speech: noun

Any overpowering ruinous influence.

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Usage examples "maelstrom":

  1. For at the moment a sucking maelstrom had caught her and whipped her out of his reach and flung her onward, for a little piling the churning water above her head. - "Six Feet Four", Jackson Gregory.
  2. His engrossed brow advertised the fact that his thought had already flown back to his own private maelstrom of new concerns. - "Captivating Mary Carstairs", Henry Sydnor Harrison.
  3. His distorted imagination flung him again and again into the agonizing maelstrom of the last thirty- six hours, and in his waking moments the gaunt spectre of failure haunted him. - "The Silver Horde", Rex Beach.