troubling

adjective
trou·​bling | \ ˈtrə-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce troubling (audio) \

Definition of troubling

: causing feelings of worry or anxiety a troubling news report It's not just trauma survivors who may be distracted or derailed by shocking or troubling material …— Angus Johnston

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Other Words from troubling

troublingly adverb

Examples of troubling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The problem has been particularly troubling in Wisconsin. jsonline.com, "The National Guard welcomes and promotes women. That is, until they report a sexual assault.," 17 Mar. 2021 The problem has been particularly troubling in Wisconsin. Katelyn Ferral, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sexual assault reports in the National Guard tripled in a decade. Here's what else our investigation found.," 17 Mar. 2021 Particularly troubling has been the surge of unaccompanied minors being detained at the border, with agents encountering 9,000 such individuals last month alone. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Montana governor signs law banning sanctuary cities in the state," 1 Apr. 2021 The allegations, what’s been discussed, are certainly troubling. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Lawyer for Deshaun Watson's accusers comments on 'worry' he has with potential police investigation," 31 Mar. 2021 The problem has been particularly troubling in Wisconsin. USA Today, "The National Guard welcomes and promotes women. That is, until they report a sexual assault.," 31 Mar. 2021 One of the most troubling issues facing Anchorage is a tenor of toxic partisanship and unraveling public trust in local government, Martinez said. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage mayoral candidate George Martinez wants to ‘reset the conversation’ in local politics," 31 Mar. 2021 Two shorts set in Israel offer stark and troubling human stories. BostonGlobe.com, "Features? Forget about them," 31 Mar. 2021 The allegations, what's been discussed, are certainly troubling. Keith Allen, CNN, "Three more lawsuits were filed against Deshaun Watson. Now 19 lawsuits allege sexual assault," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of troubling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2021

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“Troubling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/troubling. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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troubling

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of troubling

: causing feelings of worry : disturbing or upsetting

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