Origin of disturbed
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of disturb
Examples from the Web for disturbed
Are you endlessly fascinated by the human condition or disturbed by it?
Disturbed by these suppositions and deciding not to tell my wife, I made the tea and took the tray to the bedroom.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While Gibbs was clearly a disturbed individual, his followers appear to have been a bunch of ordinary young soldiers.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See|Andrew Romano|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She told me she was disturbed that any program would host him.
Actually, “creeped out” and “disturbed” would be better descriptors for the decidedly mixed reaction.Michael Jackson's Crazy Billboard Awards Performance and More Hologram Wins and Fails (VIDEO)|The Daily Beast|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sound which had disturbed him was not repeated, and his two companions paid no regard to his remark.Sergeant Silk the Prairie Scout|Robert Leighton
He had disturbed her mind and given her something that she had to think about.The Squire's Daughter|Archibald Marshall
The motley passengers were all sound asleep; no one had been disturbed by the fracas.Pirates of the Gorm|Nat Schachner
At the end of some days disturbed by the silence of the King, she ventured to touch upon the subject.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
Now she reproached herself because she could not immediately silence this fancy of disturbed nerves.The Mormon Prophet|Lily Dougall
Word Origin for disturb
past participle adjective from disturb. Meaning "emotionally or mentally unstable" is from 1904.
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.).