disturbed

[dih-sturbd]
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adjective
  1. marked by symptoms of mental illness: a disturbed personality.
  2. agitated or distressed; disrupted: disturbed seas; a disturbed situation.
noun
  1. (used with a plural verb) persons who exhibit symptoms of neurosis or psychosis (usually preceded by the).

Origin of disturbed

First recorded in 1585–95; disturb + -ed2
Related formsun·dis·turbed, adjective

disturb

[dih-sturb]
verb (used with object)
  1. to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of; unsettle.
  2. to interfere with; interrupt; hinder: Please do not disturb me when I'm working.
  3. to interfere with the arrangement, order, or harmony of; disarrange: to disturb the papers on her desk.
  4. to perplex; trouble: to be disturbed by strange behavior.
verb (used without object)
  1. to cause disturbance to someone's sleep, rest, etc.: Do not disturb.

Origin of disturb

1175–1225; Middle English disto(u)rben, disturben < Anglo-French disto(u)rber, desturber < Latin disturbāre to demolish, upset, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + turbāre to confuse
Related formsdis·turb·er, nounpre·dis·turb, verb (used with object)

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disturbed

adjective
  1. psychiatry emotionally upset, troubled, or maladjusted

disturb

verb (tr)
  1. to intrude on; interrupt
  2. to destroy or interrupt the quietness or peace of
  3. to disarrange; muddle
  4. (often passive) to upset or agitate; troubleI am disturbed at your bad news
  5. to inconvenience; put outdon't disturb yourself on my account
Derived Formsdisturber, noun

Word Origin for disturb

C13: from Latin disturbāre, from dis- 1 + turbāre to confuse
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Word Origin and History for disturbed
adj.

past participle adjective from disturb. Meaning "emotionally or mentally unstable" is from 1904.

disturb

v.

c.1300, "to stop or hinder," from Old French destorber (Old North French distourber) and directly from Latin disturbare "throw into disorder," from dis- "completely" (see dis-) + turbare "to disorder, disturb," from turba "turmoil" (see turbid).

Meaning "to frighten" is late 13c.; that of "to stir up, agitate" is c.1300. Related: Disturbed; disturbing; disturbingly. Middle English also had distourbler (n.) "one who disturbs or incites" (late 14c.).

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