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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Disturb \Dis*turb"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Disturbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disturbing}.] [OE. desturben, destourben, OF. destorber, desturber, destourber, fr. L. disturbare, disturbatum; dis- + turbare to disturb, trouble, turba disorder, tumult, crowd. See {Turbid}.]

1. To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest.

Preparing to disturb With all-cofounding war the realms above. --Cowper.

The bellow's noise disturbed his quiet rest. --Spenser.

The utmost which the discontented colonies could do, was to disturb authority. --Burke.

2. To agitate the mind of; to deprive of tranquillity; to disquiet; to render uneasy; as, a person is disturbed by receiving an insult, or his mind is disturbed by envy.

3. To turn from a regular or designed course. [Obs.]

And disturb His inmost counsels from their destined aim. --Milton.

Syn: To disorder; disquiet; agitate; discompose; molest; perplex; trouble; incommode; ruffle.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

disturbing

adjective

1: causing distress or worry or anxiety; "distressing (or disturbing) news"; "lived in heroic if something distressful isolation"; "a disturbing amount of crime"; "a revelation that was most perturbing"; "a new and troubling thought"; "in a particularly worrisome predicament"; "a worrying situation"; "a worrying time" [syn: {distressing}, {distressful}, {disturbing}, {perturbing}, {troubling}, {worrisome}, {worrying}]


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