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disturbed

[dih-sturbd] /dɪˈstɜrbd/
adjective
1.
marked by symptoms of mental illness:
a disturbed personality.
2.
agitated or distressed; disrupted:
disturbed seas; a disturbed situation.
noun
3.
(used with a plural verb) persons who exhibit symptoms of neurosis or psychosis (usually preceded by the).
Origin of disturbed
1585-1595
1585-95; disturb + -ed2
Related forms
undisturbed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for undisturbed
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  • She paused a moment to listen whether her guard were undisturbed.

    Self-control Mary Brunton
  • "I congratulate you on your success in evading it," observed Brentwick, undisturbed.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • She accepted, promising the nobles that they should remain in undisturbed enjoyment of their great privileges.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • Your aunt and I have lived in undisturbed harmony these fifteen years.

  • And he towered threateningly over the undisturbed wood-cutter.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • Mrs. Felix Lorraine, can I speak with you half an hour, undisturbed?

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • What a balmy serenity hovers around them—basking in the sunlight of undisturbed tranquillity.

  • Granger rose up and made fast the door behind them, so that he might be undisturbed.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • Here Brandon and I often went, afternoons, to read, as we were sure to be undisturbed.

  • And after that, when you got better, did the half-breed leave you undisturbed or did he come back?

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for undisturbed

undisturbed

/ˌʌndɪˈstɜːbd/
adjective
1.
not disturbed; uninterrupted: lots of undisturbed sleep

disturbed

/dɪˈstɜːbd/
adjective
1.
(psychiatry) emotionally upset, troubled, or maladjusted
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Word Origin and History for undisturbed
adj.

c.1600, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of disturb.

disturbed

adj.

past participle adjective from disturb. Meaning "emotionally or mentally unstable" is from 1904.

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