disturbed

adjective

dis·​turbed di-ˈstərbd How to pronounce disturbed (audio)
1
: experiencing or exhibiting emotional disturbance or agitation : having a mental disability or illness
… the San Francisco police department, for example, handles 18,000 calls involving emotionally disturbed citizens every year.Newsweek
2
a
: characterized or affected by interference, alteration, or disruption
restoration of disturbed habitats
disturbed sleep
b
: departing or deviating from a normal condition : marked by impairment
disturbed glucose metabolism
a disturbed gait

Examples of disturbed in a Sentence

He seems very disturbed about his work lately.
Recent Examples on the Web Samantha Eggar plays Nola, a mentally disturbed woman who is undergoing a controversial form of therapy under Dr. Hal Raglan (Oliver Reed). Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 27 Nov. 2023 In the novel, a disturbed, overtly political man kidnaps various authority figures, handcuffs them to poles in rotting Fort Ord buildings and engages in Beckettian dialogue about humanity and philosophy. Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 The 25-centimeter-tall weed is fond of disturbed land, field edges and the shoulders of roads. Quanta Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 Mann died last August, at the age of 61, after suffering a head injury during a random attack by a disturbed stranger while on a daytime walk across the Manhattan Bridge. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2024 But that is the policy that in many cities has led to an increasing number of dangerous interactions between the public and the mentally disturbed. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 In her most prominent role, Farrow played a woman who has a kinky romance with a disturbed loner (Harvey Keitel) in writer-director Toback’s Fingers (1978). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2024 An area of disturbed weather is likely to become better organized this week. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Sep. 2023 Her most direct path to understanding the men is to accept that anybody who would want, or need, to insert themselves into the life of this family must be even more disturbed. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of disturbed was in 1593

Dictionary Entries Near disturbed

Cite this Entry

“Disturbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disturbed. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

disturbed

adjective
dis·​turbed
dis-ˈtərbd
: showing signs of mental or emotional illness

Medical Definition

disturbed

adjective
dis·​turbed dis-ˈtərbd How to pronounce disturbed (audio)
1
: experiencing or exhibiting emotional disturbance or agitation : having a mental disability or illness
Emotionally disturbed students over a long period of time and to a marked degree exhibit such characteristics as a general pervasive mood of depression, a tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems or an inability to learn.Rodney Tanaka, San Gabriel Valley (California) Tribune
2
a
: characterized or affected by alteration or disruption
disturbed sleep
b
: departing or deviating from a normal condition : marked by impairment
disturbed glucose metabolism
a disturbed gait
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