Definition of troubled in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrəbəld/


1Beset by problems or conflict: 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, 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.
anxious, worried, concerned, perturbed, disturbed, bothered, ill at ease, uneasy, unsettled, agitated;
distressed, upset, dismayed, haunted


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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Syllabification: trou·bled

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