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Meaning & Definition of Disturbance in English

English

Disturbance

/dɪstərbəns/

noun

1. Activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption

  • "The term `distress' connotes some degree of perturbation and emotional upset"
  • "He looked around for the source of the disturbance"
  • "There was a disturbance of neural function"
    synonym:
  • perturbation
  • ,
  • disturbance

2. An unhappy and worried mental state

  • "There was too much anger and disturbance"
  • "She didn't realize the upset she caused me"
    synonym:
  • disturbance
  • ,
  • perturbation
  • ,
  • upset

3. A disorderly outburst or tumult

  • "They were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
    synonym:
  • disturbance
  • ,
  • disruption
  • ,
  • commotion
  • ,
  • flutter
  • ,
  • hurly burly
  • ,
  • to-do
  • ,
  • hoo-ha
  • ,
  • hoo-hah
  • ,
  • kerfuffle

4. A noisy fight

    synonym:
  • affray
  • ,
  • disturbance
  • ,
  • fray
  • ,
  • ruffle

5. The act of disturbing something or someone

  • Setting something in motion
    synonym:
  • disturbance

6. (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion

  • A more neutral term than mental illness
    synonym:
  • mental disorder
  • ,
  • mental disturbance
  • ,
  • disturbance
  • ,
  • psychological disorder
  • ,
  • folie

7. Electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication

    synonym:
  • noise
  • ,
  • interference
  • ,
  • disturbance