per·​turb·​ing | \ pər-ˈtər-biŋ How to pronounce perturbing (audio) \

Definition of perturbing

: causing worry, upset, or concern : unsettling … the absence of mail was somehow just as perturbing as its presence, and it made him feel strangely on edge.— Bentley Little Rowland had an odd feeling … that she might make, later, some perturbing discovery.— Henry James

Other Words from perturbing

perturbingly adverb
The one memorable sequence in this perturbingly aimless piece is a pensive, wistful solo toward the start … — Alan M. Kriegsman

First Known Use of perturbing

1559, in the meaning defined above

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“Perturbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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