dis·​turbed | \ di-ˈstərbd How to pronounce disturbed (audio) \

Definition of disturbed

: showing symptoms of emotional illness disturbed children disturbed behavior

Examples of disturbed in a Sentence

He seems very disturbed about his work lately.

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Strike tackles two tasks here: delivering a government minister from the clutches of blackmailers and investigating a possible years-old murder reported to him by a mentally disturbed man who visits his office. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Best of 2018," 7 Dec. 2018 Pauley Perrette's terrifying ordeal Pauley Perrette was viciously attacked by a mentally disturbed man in November 2015. Diana Falzone, Fox News, "7 times stars were attacked," 1 Nov. 2016 To the southeast of Aletta, another area of disturbed weather is forecast to become a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "First Pacific hurricane of 2018 explodes to Category 4," 8 June 2018 Played by Andrea Riseborough, Nancy is a profoundly disturbed woman in her 30s who lives with her sickly, nagging mother (Ann Dowd) in a depressingly drab house. Christina Choe, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Nancy,’ a Troubled Woman Seeks Connection," 7 June 2018 Next to arrive is Clovis (Olivier Rabourdin), Solange's husband, disturbed enough by what he's seen to be drinking more heavily than usual. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Intimate epic 'The Guardians' distills how war changes everything for a French family," 10 May 2018 Clinton and her base will remain no less disturbed that Comey chose to clear her in a way that sure sounded like an indictment in the court of public opinion. John Diaz, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,’ by James Comey," 17 Apr. 2018 Officers did a walk-through with owner's son and found nothing disturbed. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange police blotter: Reports of suspicious people near homes," 23 Feb. 2018 In the aftermath, Daryl beats the man in front of a crowd of disturbed onlookers, stopping only when Carol grabs hold of him. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The Walking Dead is finally tackling morality like it’s smarter than a comic book," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of disturbed

1904, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disturbed

: having or showing evidence of a mental or emotional illness
: worried and unhappy
of sleep : affected by a disturbance


dis·​turbed | \ di-ˈstərbd\

Kids Definition of disturbed

: showing signs of mental or emotional illness He works with emotionally disturbed patients.


dis·​turbed | \ dis-ˈtərbd How to pronounce disturbed (audio) \

Medical Definition of disturbed

1 : showing symptoms of emotional or mental illness disturbed children disturbed behavior
2 : designed for or occupied by disturbed patients disturbed wards

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a strong desire or propensity

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