[ US /dɪˈstɝbɪŋ/ ]
[ UK /dɪstˈɜːbɪŋ/ ]
  1. causing distress or worry or anxiety
    a worrying time
    a new and troubling thought
    distressing (or disturbing) news
    a disturbing amount of crime
    a revelation that was most perturbing
    lived in heroic if something distressful isolation
    a worrying situation
    in a particularly worrisome predicament
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How To Use disturbing In A Sentence

  • It is not surprising that the mortality due to feather pecking, cannibalism and parasitic diseases can be disturbingly high.
  • You can put the 'blackie' up in some quarter of the house where he can move about at will without disturbing any of your own servants, and can get in and out at all hours; he will be useful, you know, in prowling about the grounds at night and ascertaining if the lady really does go to bed when she retires to her room. Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces
  • But somehow this latest encounter with Matthew had been even more disturbing than their encounter in the cupboard.
  • In closing, I would like to reflect upon what I think was the most disturbing, and unnoticed, subtheme of Van Sant's film biography of Harvey Milk. Archive 2009-01-01
  • A Muslim group here in Washington, D.C., now revealing what it knows about the investigation, and what it describes as a disturbing farewell video left before they headed off. CNN Transcript Dec 9, 2009
  • Society may be full of poisonous vapors and be built on a framework of lies; it is nevertheless prudent to consider whether the ideal advantages of disturbing it overweigh the practical disadvantages, and above all to bear in mind that if you rob the average man of his illusions, you are almost sure to rob him of his happiness. Henrik Ibsen
  • Clacton police have received five reports from elderly people in the area who have received the disturbing letters, which claim to be from clairvoyants and demand money.
  • It creates a startling atmosphere of intensity and highly unusual inwardness - sometimes disturbing - and makes it utterly distinct from anything in Western dance and theatre.
  • Over the top rhetoric makes sense for the illiterati that the GOP courts to win their votes, but feeling the need to use it for the party power brokers is a disturbing new concept. Think Progress » ThinkFast: March 4, 2010
  • It is a disturbing, dark tale and perhaps one the victims might have been better left to recover from in peace. Times, Sunday Times
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