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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troublingly adverb

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In addition, and no less troubling, Congress has essentially stopped acting as a co-equal branch of government, by failing to engage in the kind of oversight of the law that the Constitution requires and the public expects. Fortune, "Michael Bloomberg: Why I’m Supporting Democrats in 2018," 20 June 2018 His behavior has been less troubling to Fred Morrison, the drum and bugle corps director who hired Moody in 2012. Tricia L. Nadolny,, "'Hike up your dress.' Can a youth activity beset by a sex scandal fix itself?," 15 May 2018 To focus on one troubling fact, too many ghettos live on. The Economist, "Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s death, a divided America," 4 Apr. 2018 McCain’s 2008 presidential run against Obama was an especially troubling one given the 2016 election that would follow. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, "The Legacy Left Behind by John McCain Is Imperfect Yet Impactful," 27 Aug. 2018 Bryant said the department’s actions were troubling in light of a decision last month that ruled blocking individuals from President Donald Trump’s Twitter account for their political views violated the First Amendment. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Judge Cites Trump Twitter Ruling In Case Of Meriden Police Blocking Facebook Poster," 13 June 2018 Another was the high level of Filipino school dropouts, especially troubling in a culture that traditionally placed a high value on education as a way to get ahead. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, "Who killed Carlos Medina?," 25 Apr. 2018 What was especially troubling was Ray’s strikeout total – a Carolina League-leading 156 – that went a long way toward tamping his on-base percentage down to just .311. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Finally healthy, Brewers' former first-round pick Corey Ray looking to bounce back in 2018," 21 Mar. 2018 Add it all up and those numbers look especially troubling to the GOP in some of the nation’s biggest metro areas. Dante Chinni /, NBC News, "NBC/WSJ Poll shows trouble for GOP in key suburban districts," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of troubling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of troubling

: causing feelings of worry : disturbing or upsetting

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