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  1. upsetting or disquieting; dismaying: a disturbing increase in the crime rate.
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Origin of disturbing

First recorded in 1585–95; disturb + -ing2
Related formsdis·turb·ing·ly, adverbnon·dis·turb·ing, adjectiveun·dis·turb·ing, adjectiveun·dis·turb·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for disturbingly

decidedly, badly, intensely, mightily, desperately, thoroughly, seriously, notoriously, awfully, exceedingly, greatly, dreadfully, remarkably, highly, extremely, unbelievably, horribly, awkwardly, excruciatingly, disturbingly

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Historical Examples of disturbingly

  • It seemed so disturbingly quiet that I even forgot about the hat.

    The Prairie Mother

    Arthur Stringer

  • And there is something so disturbingly immuring and depersonalizing about it!

    The Prairie Mother

    Arthur Stringer

  • Now and then the boy looked like his father, astoundingly like, and disturbingly.

    The Brentons

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Because she's so pretty, pussy—so disturbingly pretty—and so sweet.

    The Business of Life

    Robert W. Chambers

  • There was no visible projector, and the images were disturbingly solid and real.

    Shock Treatment

    Stanley Mullen

British Dictionary definitions for disturbingly


  1. tending to upset or agitate; troubling; worrying
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Derived Formsdisturbingly, adverb
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