Origin of disturbance

1250–1300; Middle English disto(u)rbance < Anglo-French, Old French. See disturb, -ance
Related formsnon·dis·turb·ance, nounpre·dis·turb·ance, noun

Synonyms for disturbance

Synonym study

2. See agitation. 5. See disorder.

Antonyms for disturbance

3. order.
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the act of disturbing or the state of being disturbed
an interruption or intrusion
an unruly outburst or tumult
law an interference with another's rights
  1. a minor movement of the earth causing a small earthquake
  2. a minor mountain-building event
meteorol a small depression
psychiatry a mental or emotional disorder
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Word Origin and History for disturbance

late 13c., "mental distress," from Old French destorbance (12c., Old North French distorbance), from destourber, from Latin disturbare (see disturb). Meaning "public disturbance" is c.1300; that of "destruction of peace or unity" is late 14c.

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