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 disturbance disturbance

noun

  • () activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption  ( perturbation, disturbance )
    activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption
     the term distress' connotes some degree of perturbation and emotional upset
    the term distress' connotes some degree of perturbation and emotional upset
     he looked around for the source of the disturbance
    he looked around for the source of the disturbance
     there was a disturbance of neural function
    there was a disturbance of neural function
  • () an unhappy and worried mental state  ( upset, disturbance, perturbation )
    an unhappy and worried mental state
     there was too much anger and disturbance
    there was too much anger and disturbance
     she didn't realize the upset she caused me
    she didn't realize the upset she caused me
  • () the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion  ( disturbance )
    the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
  • () a noisy fight  ( affray, fray, ruffle, disturbance )
    a noisy fight
  • () a disorderly outburst or tumult  ( disruption, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do, disturbance, commotion )
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
     they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused
    they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused
  • electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication  ( disturbance, noise, interference )
    electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
  • (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness  ( disturbance, folie, mental disorder, psychological disorder, mental disturbance )
    (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness