Definition of troubled in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌb(ə)ld/


1Beset by problems or difficulties: his troubled private life
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  • It is far from the image of a troubled, inner-city school beset by social problems.
  • Patrick and his wife raised 11 children during difficult times and a troubled period in our history.
  • In many ways, he was the right person to take the troubled city through a difficult time caused by a major economic downturn.
difficult, problematic, full of problems, beset by problems, unsettled, hard, tough, stressful, dark
1.1Showing distress or anxiety: his troubled face
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  • I sat stunned, but as I looked at her troubled face, the signs of fear and extreme anxiety began to show from behind her mask.
  • Her eyes wandered to his troubled face.
  • The following night, the man felt another tap on his shoulder, and sees the same troubled face staring back.


troubled waters

A difficult situation or time.
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  • Kelly currently works for the Department of Commerce as an attorney, but before that, she helped the company navigate some troubled waters on issues of user data storage.
  • He considers himself feeble, unable to keep afloat on the troubled waters of his times.
  • You are stronger after swimming through troubled waters.

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