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English noun: disturbance

1. disturbance (event) activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption

SamplesThe 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.


Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)bother, fuss, hassle, magnetic storm, trouble

2. disturbance (state) an unhappy and worried mental state

SamplesThere was too much anger and disturbance.
She didn't realize the upset she caused me.

Synonymsperturbation, upset

Broader (hypernym)agitation

3. disturbance (state) a disorderly outburst or tumult

SamplesThey were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused.

Synonymscommotion, disruption, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do

Broader (hypernym)disorder

Narrower (hyponym)convulsion, earthquake, garboil, incident, splash, stir, storm, storm center, storm centre, tempest, tumult, tumultuousness, turmoil, upheaval, uproar

4. disturbance (act) a noisy fight

Synonymsaffray, fray, ruffle

Broader (hypernym)combat, fight, fighting, scrap

5. disturbance (act) the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)agitation, battle royal, carnival, circus, commotion, derangement, din, disorganisation, disorganization, disruption, excitement, furor, furore, havoc, hullabaloo, mayhem, melee, outburst, overthrow, perturbation, rampage, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, scrimmage, tumult, tumultuous disturbance, turmoil, upheaval, upset, violent disorder

6. disturbance (state) (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness

Synonymsfolie, mental disorder, mental disturbance, psychological disorder

Broader (hypernym)disorder, upset

Narrower (hyponym)aberration, affective disorder, anxiety disorder, Asperger's syndrome, conversion disorder, conversion hysteria, conversion reaction, delirium, delusional disorder, dissociative disorder, emotional disorder, emotional disturbance, encopresis, folie a deux, major affective disorder, neurosis, neuroticism, personality disorder, psychoneurosis, psychosomatic disorder, schizothymia

Domain categorypsychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology

7. disturbance (event) electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication

Synonymsinterference, noise

Broader (hypernym)trouble

Narrower (hyponym)atmospheric static, atmospherics, background, background signal, clutter, crosstalk, fadeout, jitter, static, white noise, XT

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