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noun [countable]     vortex pronunciation in British English
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pluralvortexes or vortices
  1. 1
    formal a powerful spinning current of air or water that pulls everything down inside it
  2. 2
    literary a feeling or situation that has so much power or influence over you that you feel you are not in control
    vortex of:

    caught up in a swirling vortex of emotions

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