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  • adj. Causing distress or worry; upsetting or unsettling.
  • v. Present participle of disturb.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing distress or worry or anxiety

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Examples

  • A Muslim group here in Washington, D.C., now revealing what it knows about the investigation, and what it describes as a disturbing farewell video left before they headed off.

    CNN Transcript Dec 9, 2009

  • China, Russia, even Iran, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says they're all gaining influence in South America, details of what she calls a disturbing trend.

    CNN Transcript May 1, 2009

  • JENNIFER PHILLIPS, REPORTER, WHNS (voice over): As students at Clemson University head to class, some are taking a break to talk about what they call disturbing pictures, pictures taken at an off - campus party.

    CNN Transcript Jan 30, 2007

  • JENNIFER PHILLIPS, WHNS REPORTER (voice-over): As students at Clemson University head to class, some are taking a break to talk about what they call disturbing pictures, pictures taken at an off - campus party.

    CNN Transcript Jan 30, 2007

  • Last week, Allen's campaign highlighted what it called disturbing, sexually graphic passages from several military novels Webb has written.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2006

  • And he's concerned about what he calls a disturbing loss.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: People Count: Hot on the Trail - April 23, 2000

  • At the same time we confess that what we call disturbing causes are simply those parts of the true circumstances which we do not know or have neglected, and we endeavour in future to take account of them.

    Five of Maxwell's Papers

  • Seven months later, a computer technician working on Ratigan's laptop found hundreds of what he called "disturbing" images of children, most of them fully clothed with the focus on their crotch areas, and a series of pictures of a 2- to 3-year-old girl with her genitals exposed.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The judge cited what he described as a disturbing pattern of threats.

    The Seattle Times

  • Last December, a computer technician found on Ratigan's laptop hundreds of what he called "disturbing" images of children, most of them fully clothed with the focus on their crotch areas, and a series of pictures of a 2- to 3-year-old girl with her genitals exposed.

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