- to disturb or disquiet greatly in mind; agitate.
- to throw into great disorder; derange.
- Astronomy. to cause perturbation in the orbit of (a celestial body).
Origin of perturb
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Examples from the Web for perturbed
The number of high-profile participants, and how they are choosing to participate, has perturbed one corner of the Internet.#IceBucketChallenge Wisdom From 'Jackass' Steve-O
August 21, 2014
Rush Limbaugh, one of the most powerful voices on the right, is also perturbed.Why the Fiscal Cliff Is Causing a Nervous Breakdown on the Right
December 11, 2012
At the end of the first hour, I was perturbed, disturbed, entertained, and intrigued.The Craziest Show on TV
Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez
November 7, 2011
Are you perturbed that black conservatives such as Cain and Clarence Thomas receive so much publicity?Belafonte’s Activist Life
October 16, 2011
Guinness is also perturbed by a music business that is less and less about changing the world.Daphne Guinness’s ‘Tremendous Style’
September 19, 2011
By degrees the placid influence of her friend calmed her perturbed spirit.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Chip whispered the question in the ear of the perturbed Little Doctor.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Julia wilted a little; but her sister, Mrs. Glynn, was not perturbed.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Plainly, Evadna was secretly laughing at her perturbed interest in the matter.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Nor had she fully relieved her mind, nor voiced all that perturbed her.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- to disturb the composure of; trouble
- to throw into disorder
- physics astronomy to cause (a planet, electron, etc) to undergo a perturbation
Word Origin and History for perturbed
1510s, past participle adjective from perturb (v.).
late 14c., from Old French perturber "disturb, confuse" (14c.) and directly from Latin perturbare "to confuse, disorder, disturb," especially of states of the mind, from per- "through" (see per) + turbare "disturb, confuse," from turba "turmoil, crowd" (see turbid). Related: Perturbed; perturbing.