Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun disturbance

7 senses of disturbance

Sense 1
perturbation, disturbance -- (activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption; "the term `distress' connotes some degree of perturbation and emotional upset"; "he looked around for the source of the disturbance"; "there was a disturbance of neural function")
       => activity -- (any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity")

Sense 2
disturbance, perturbation, upset -- (an unhappy and worried mental state; "there was too much anger and disturbance"; "she didn't realize the upset she caused me")
       => agitation -- (a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance)

Sense 3
disturbance, disruption, commotion, flutter, hurly burly, to-do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle -- (a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused")
       => disorder -- (a disturbance of the peace or of public order)

Sense 4
affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle -- (a noisy fight)
       => fight, fighting, combat, scrap -- (the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap")

Sense 5
disturbance -- (the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion)
       => motion, movement, move, motility -- (a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility")

Sense 6
mental disorder, mental disturbance, disturbance, psychological disorder, folie -- ((psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness)
       => disorder, upset -- (a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time")

Sense 7
noise, interference, disturbance -- (electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication)
       => trouble -- (an event causing distress or pain; "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble")

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