per·​turb·​ing pər-ˈtər-biŋ How to pronounce perturbing (audio)
: 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
perturbingly adverb
The one memorable sequence in this perturbingly aimless piece is a pensive, wistful solo toward the start … Alan M. Kriegsman

Examples of perturbing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peters, affecting an unnervingly flat Wisconsin accent, gets to give yet another perturbing performance. Caroline Framke, Variety, 21 Sep. 2022 These questions remain as A Lot of Nothing careens to a shock-value ending that’s more perturbing than exciting. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 The same perturbing pattern was seen within a year of the introduction of the antibiotic methicillin in 1961, a drug specifically designed to treat penicillin-resistant S. aureus. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of perturbing was in 1559

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“Perturbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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