1. [syn: distressing, distressful, disturbing, perturbing, troubling, worrisome, worrying]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Disturb \Dis*turb"\, v. t. [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
Preparing to disturb
With all-cofounding war the realms above. --Cowper.
The bellow's noise disturbed his quiet rest.
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.]
His inmost counsels from their destined aim.
Syn: To disorder; disquiet; agitate; discompose; molest;
perplex; trouble; incommode; ruffle.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
100 Moby Thesaurus words for "disturbing":
aggravating, agitating, alarming, annoying, awkward, baffling,
bewildering, bothering, bothersome, breathtaking, chafing, charged,
cliff-hanging, confounding, confusing, crushing, discomposing,
disconcerting, dismaying, disquieting, distracting, distressful,
distressing, electric, embarrassing, enigmatic, exasperating,
exciting, exhilarating, fretting, galling, galvanic, harassing,
heady, heart-expanding, heart-stirring, heart-swelling,
heart-thrilling, humiliating, importunate, importune, impressive,
inflammatory, intoxicating, intricate, irking, irksome, irritating,
jarring, jolting, maddening, mind-blowing, mortifying, moving,
mysterious, mystifying, overcoming, overmastering, overpowering,
overwhelming, perplexing, perturbing, pesky, pestering,
pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, piquant, plaguesome, plaguey,
plaguing, problematic, provocative, provoking, puzzling, ravishing,
soul-stirring, spirit-stirring, stimulating, stimulative, stirring,
striking, suspenseful, suspensive, tantalizing, teasing, telling,
thrilling, thrilly, tiresome, tormenting, troublesome, troubling,
unsettling, upsetting, vexatious, vexing, wearisome, worrisome,