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upsetting

[uhp-set-ing] /ʌpˈsɛt ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to disturb or upset:
an upsetting experience.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; upset + -ing2

upset

[v., adj. uhp-set; n. uhp-set] /v., adj. ʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt/
verb (used with object), upset, upsetting.
1.
to overturn:
to upset a pitcher of milk.
2.
to disturb mentally or emotionally; perturb:
The incident upset her.
3.
to disturb or derange completely; put out of order; throw into disorder:
to upset a system; to upset a mechanism; to upset an apartment.
4.
to disturb physically:
It upset his stomach.
5.
to defeat or overthrow an opponent that is considered more formidable, as in war, politics, or sports.
6.
Metalworking. to thicken the end of (a piece of heated metal) by hammering on the end against the length of the piece.
verb (used without object), upset, upsetting.
7.
to become upset or overturned.
noun
8.
an upsetting or instance of being upset; overturn; overthrow.
9.
the defeat of a person, team, etc., that is considered more formidable.
10.
a nervous, irritable state of mind.
11.
a disordered or confused arrangement.
12.
Metalworking.
  1. a tool used for upsetting.
  2. something that is upset, as a bar end.
adjective
13.
overturned:
an upset milk pail.
14.
disordered; disorganized:
The house is upset.
15.
distressed; disturbed:
She had an upset stomach. He is emotionally upset.
16.
Archaic. raised up.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English: raised up; see up-, set
Related forms
upsettable, adjective
upsetter, noun
upsettingly, adverb
unupset, adjective
unupsettable, adjective
Synonyms
1. Upset, capsize, overturn imply a change from an upright or other stable position to a prostrate one. Upset is a familiar word, applied to simple, everyday actions: to upset a table, a glass of water. Capsize is applied especially to the upsetting of a boat or other vessel: to capsize a canoe. Overturn usually suggests violence in upsetting something supposedly stable: The earthquake overturned houses. All three are used figuratively, also: to upset the stock market; to capsize a plan; to overturn a government. 2. unnerve, disconcert, fluster. 5. depose, displace. 10. perturbation, disturbance. 11. mess. 15. disconcerted, agitated, perturbed, annoyed.
Antonyms
2, 3. steady.
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  • The real threat isn't a changing climate upsetting the foundation of human civilization.
  • To be able to think logically, you may also need to train your brain to block out thoughts that are upsetting or distracting.
  • Both processes will remain upsetting right up to the moment, if it comes, that you win.
  • Regardless, it was understandably enormously upsetting to my colleague.
  • Either answer is upsetting, but for different reasons.
  • They also explore the best way to move forward: how to prevent the event from reoccurring or how to make it seem less upsetting.
  • In the upsetting of the wagon two of his ribs were broken, and he was otherwise bruised and injured.
British Dictionary definitions for upsetting

upsetting

/ʌpˈsɛtɪŋ/
noun
1.
(metallurgy) the process of hammering the end of a heated bar of metal so that its width is increased locally, as in the manufacture of bolts

upset

verb (mainly transitive) (ʌpˈsɛt) -sets, -setting, -set
1.
(also intransitive) to tip or be tipped over; overturn, capsize, or spill
2.
to disturb the normal state, course, or stability of: to upset the balance of nature
3.
to disturb mentally or emotionally
4.
to defeat or overthrow, usually unexpectedly
5.
to make physically ill: seafood always upsets my stomach
6.
to thicken or spread (the end of a bar, rivet, etc) by forging, hammering, or swagging
noun (ˈʌpˌsɛt)
7.
an unexpected defeat or reversal, as in a contest or plans
8.
a disturbance or disorder of the emotions, body, etc
9.
a tool used to upset a bar or rivet; swage
10.
a forging or bar that has been upset in preparation for further processing
adjective (ʌpˈsɛt)
11.
overturned or capsized
12.
emotionally or physically disturbed or distressed
13.
disordered; confused
14.
defeated or overthrown
Derived Forms
upsettable, adjective
upsetter, noun
upsetting, adjective
upsettingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: to set up, erect; C19 in the sense: to overthrow); related to Middle High German ūfsetzen to put on, Middle Dutch opzetten
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Word Origin and History for upsetting

upset

v.

mid-15c., "to set up, fix," from up + set (v.). Cf. Middle Dutch opsetten, German aufsetzen. Modern sense of "overturn, capsize" (1803) is that of obsolete overset. Meaning "to throw into mental discomposure" is from 1805. The noun sense of "overturning of a vehicle or boat" is recorded from 1804.

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