Definition of disturbance in English:


Line breaks: dis¦turb|ance
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.


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

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