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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.


Synonymsperturbation


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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