trou·​bled | \ ˈtrə-bəld How to pronounce troubled (audio) \

Definition of troubled

1a : concerned, worried troubled feelings about the decision
b : exhibiting emotional or behavioral problems a program for troubled youth
2 : characterized by or indicative of trouble our troubled cities a gray and troubled sky

Examples of troubled in a Sentence

She seemed troubled about something. These have been troubled times.
Recent Examples on the Web Dahmer is told in a mix of present-day and flashbacks to the killer’s early years, as well as his troubled relationship with his father. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Aug. 2022 Each will pledge to remain outside the EU and its economic zone; to stay hawkish in their support for Ukraine; and to revisit the Northern Ireland protocol that is the rot underlying Britain’s troubled relationship with Europe. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 6 June 2022 The classic dictators often had a troubled relationship with the religious establishment, recognizing that their own ideologies were a new, rival form of faith. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 The second act stumbles rather drippily into sentimentality, with Buddy’s troubled relationship to his daughter (Shoshana Bean, in excellent voice) dragging things down. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 5 May 2022 France has a troubled relationship with Islam because of its colonial history in Algeria and several jihadist terror attacks in recent years. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 The two have had a troubled relationship since Gobert was lackadaisical at the beginning of the pandemic and possibly infected Mitchell in March 2020. Gary Washburn,, 2 Apr. 2022 Poland, like much of Eastern Europe, has a troubled relationship with outsiders, and a particularly dismal record handling asylum-seekers from outside Europe. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Mar. 2022 The controversy is a parable for our tense, troubled times. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of troubled

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Troubled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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