Definition of disturbance in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈstəːb(ə)ns/


1 [mass noun] The interruption of a settled and peaceful condition: a helicopter landing can cause disturbance to residents
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  • I had expected a degree of disturbance and interruption as I switched over to Retirement Pension from Incapacity Benefit, and still do.
  • Goliath continued, wanting no disturbance or interruption in his clarification.
  • Try to find a quiet place that has no possibility of disturbance or interruption.
disruption, distraction, interference, bother, trouble, inconvenience, upset, annoyance, irritation;
interruption, intrusion;
harassment, molestation
informal hassle
1.1 [count noun] A breakdown of peaceful and law-abiding behaviour: the disturbances were precipitated when four men were refused bail
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  • The people gathered round then debated what ‘damages’ she would have to pay to the community for having caused a disturbance of the peace.
  • According to Bulgarian border police, the group had caused a disturbance of the peace and were not fit to enter the country.
  • The state defines unlawful assembly as a threat of ‘tumultuous disturbance of the peace.’
riot, fracas, affray, upheaval, brawl, street fight, melee, free-for-all;
uproar, commotion, row, ruckus, furore, tumult, turmoil;
West Indian  bangarang
informal ruction, hullabaloo, rumpus
British informal, Football  afters
1.2 Law Interference with rights or property.
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  • Police said the allegations against the nine Britons still held, ranged from bodily injury to robbery or disturbance of public order.
  • Authorities charged them both with trespassing, peace disturbance, and resisting arrest.
  • Such construction would minimise property disturbance whilst complying with the topography of the terrain.
2A state in which normal mental or physical functioning is disrupted: children with learning difficulty and personality disturbance
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  • The assumption is that, well these people had a mental disturbance or mental illness, that's why they did what they did.
  • Their personal problems and mental disturbances did not disturb brisk activities.
  • Those children lucky enough to survive the disease may have persistent mental or neurological disturbances.
trouble, perturbation, distress, concern, worry, upset;
agitation, discomposure, discomfiture, dismay, fluster, alarm;
neurosis, illness, sickness, disorder, complaint;
bewilderment, perplexity
rare disconcertion, disconcertment


Middle English: from Old French destourbance, from destourber (see disturb).

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