American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Annoying; vexatious: as, a troublesome cough; a troublesome neighbor.
- Difficult; trying: as, a troublesome shoal or reef; a troublesome fellow to deal with.
- Tumultuous; turbulent; boisterous.
- Troublous; disturbed.
- Synonyms and Harassing, wearisome, perplexing, galling.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Giving trouble or anxiety; vexatious; burdensome; wearisome.
- adj. difficult to deal with
“SWEENEY: Well, I'm quoting here from "The International Herald Tribune," or at least paraphrasing, saying that while people and reporters were aware that a propaganda campaign was underway quite quickly by the Chinese authorities, that many journalists approved of upbeat stories based on national unity, and to the avoidance of what they call troublesome issues.”
“Particularly troublesome is U.S. help, as President Ali Abdullah Saleh tries to balance the myriad allegiances of the country's tribes, many of them strongly anti-American.”
“Killing animals, whether or not troublesome, is far less troublesome than suffering.”
“Equally, troublesome is the passive attitude of all the women newscasters and political pundits on CNN.”
“What actually troublesome is Lieberman's continues appearance with McCain.”
“More troublesome is the administration's tactic to pull out just before a judge decides an issue thus rendering the case moot.”
“Especially troublesome is the above quote stating that “This man literally has figured out the way the brain learns things”?”
“I think many people would have no problem with a legal contract known as same-sex unions, but what seems inflammatory and troublesome is calling it marriage.”
“The potential for subtractive failure, different and more troublesome, is raised by recent calls to deploy biometric identification tools across the nation.”
“Board proposed, was that the party wanted to put all the African areas - which it perceived as "troublesome" - in one sub-structure.”
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All these terms have a (different) American English equivalent. Wonder if you can identify them?
certain words seem given to usage in understatement, as pat phrases, by the mechanism of cliché; others because restraint, moderation or ambiguity are implicit in the words' definitions; and others...
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abandon,extreme e..., dispensing of all..., abash,to humiliate, abate,to lessen, abbreviate,to sho..., abridge, abdicate,to forma..., aberration,depart..., abnormality, abet,to encourage, abhor,to hate, abide,to follow o... and 2229 more...
Words that end with -some.
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