trou·​bling ˈtrə-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce troubling (audio)
: 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
troublingly adverb

Examples of troubling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even more troubling, 40% to 50% of technical women end up leaving the STEM workforce after just 5-7 years on the job. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Madame Web joins a troubling trend for the superhero genre. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2024 But conservationists see the animal’s appearance as a troubling sign. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 Continue reading … ‘WILDERNESS THERAPY’ – Suspicious death of preteen boy at controversial camp sheds light on troubling trend. Fox News, 16 Feb. 2024 In unaired segments of the interview, West made troubling remarks about Jewish people. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 10 Feb. 2024 What the Hur report and the Biden speech reveal is far more troubling. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 10 Feb. 2024 Eventually, Orthodox Jewish communities around the world established some 50 offices known by the acronym TAG (for Technology Awareness Group) to provide technical help in blocking troubling content. Joseph Berger, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Grey and the others have been fighting to have their voices heard on measures that would allow certain offenders to apply to end their sentences early, a rising focus among post-conviction reforms aimed at unwinding the troubling legacy of mass incarceration in this country. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of troubling was in the 14th century

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“Troubling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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