trou·​bling | \ˈtrə-b(ə-)liŋ \

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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For a number of years, more and more French novelists have succumbed to a pair of troubling trends. Constance Grady, Vox, "Elite library sorters race to process books in cutthroat competition," 17 Nov. 2018 The resurfacing of Kemp's 2005 vote comes at a particularly troubling time. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams' Opponent, Brian Kemp, Once Denied Funding to a Rape Crisis Center," 8 Oct. 2018 But more troubling than Facebook’s charm offensive is its executives’ apparent preference for being regulated by Washington rather than regulating themselves. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Will Facebook’s Grownups Please Stand Up," 21 Nov. 2018 Trump also moved the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a longtime dream of the evangelical right (and a notion sometimes tied up in other, more troubling apocalyptic ideologies). Dylan Scott, Vox, "White evangelicals turned out for the GOP in big numbers again," 7 Nov. 2018 The results regarding second-trimester marijuana use were more troubling. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s What You Need to Know About Using Marijuana While Pregnant or Breastfeeding," 12 Oct. 2018 But the mere possibility is highly troubling — andif the hack allowed access to any other sites, Facebook should be disqualified from acting as your sign-on service. Farhad Manjoo, The Seattle Times, "Why you shouldn’t use Facebook to log in to other sites and apps," 2 Oct. 2018 As the Huffington Post reports, the allegations were so troubling—and enough of a pattern had been established—that alumni and members of the community planned a protest at the school the night of June 20. Anne Branigin, The Root, "High School Antwon Rose Attended Faces Brutal Allegations of Police Abuse: Report," 28 June 2018 The sneak peek of season four has all kinds of troubling-looking situations: Jamie dropping a knife! Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Sam Heughan just surprised fans with a sneak peek of what's next for Jamie and Claire.," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of troubling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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