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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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  • 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
Derived Formsdisturbingly, adverb
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