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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More Stories DeRogatis’s book presents previously unreported information, including a particularly troubling revelation from Kelly’s first trial attorney, Ed Genson. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Soulless and the Fallacy of R. Kelly’s Need for ‘Help’," 6 June 2019 But the relationship with Godehohn was particularly troubling for Woodmansee. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Is Lacey From 'The Act' a Real Person? Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Friend Does Exist," 21 Mar. 2019 Asking for help is viewed as a sign of weakness, a deeply troubling character flaw. Vanessa Willhoughby, Allure, "The Reality of Navigating the Mental Health System as a Black Woman," 13 Oct. 2018 In a deeply troubling moment of the video, after their car breaks down and the two stowaway in the bed of a pickup truck, Kiyoko and Kehlani are confronted by the driver, who creepily offers them a ride. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Hayley Kiyoko & Kehlani Run Off Into the Sunset Together in Epic 'What I Need' Video," 31 May 2018 What is in this budget that aims to change the overall deeply troubling education success rates of Milwaukee kids (not only in MPS)? Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: New MPS leader's first moves are crowd pleasers. Will they lead to lasting results?," 25 May 2018 Lack of free-throw attempts troubling, but Porter is talented. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons NBA draft: 10 candidates for Round 1 — and a wildcard," 19 June 2019 More troubling, at least from a public relations perspective, the recent reporting of internal Trump polling from March by ABC News and the New York Times showed him behind Biden in nearly every important swing state. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump's worst enemy as he kicks off his re-election bid may be himself," 18 June 2019 But the aggregate numbers make the decrease in access to the real estate market seem gradual, albeit troubling, and underplay the spikiness of the country. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Why Housing Policy Feels Like Generational Warfare," 13 June 2019

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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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