Definition of disturbing in US English:

disturbing

adjective

  • Causing anxiety; worrying.

    ‘disturbing unemployment figures’
    • ‘Without a doubt, we are living in a disturbing new world, where what was once unthinkable has become reality.’
    • ‘Even more disturbing is recent evidence that the fungus may spread through the air.’
    • ‘The following post contains disturbing images not intended for most viewers.’
    • ‘The plight of the working class in Dublin at this time was disturbing.’
    • ‘The results, which must be disturbing to the various ruling elites, are all the more striking.’
    • ‘I see a very disturbing trend developing on Net discussion boards.’
    • ‘The picture is also more than a little disturbing.’
    • ‘By far what was most disturbing was that he kept talking about the price.’
    • ‘The only thing I find more disturbing is the lack of public outcry over this outrage.’
    • ‘Avary has written a disturbing work that fairly pulses with a depressing energy.’
    • ‘The hourly records disclosed show a number of disturbing features.’
    • ‘Even more disturbing, the title song is an ode to a rat.’
    • ‘The implications of private ownership of knowledge are deeply disturbing.’
    • ‘Of late, the stock market has been making some disturbing noises.’
    • ‘He is bringing in something new and unexpected and disturbing.’
    • ‘The result is an indictment of the current political system as disturbing as any ideological tract.’
    • ‘More disturbing are the measures for funding the package.’
    • ‘I do appreciate that he shed some light on the disturbing topic.’
    • ‘The programme makers said they had decided to show the tape, despite its disturbing character, on the grounds of public interest.’
    • ‘According to Samuelson, Japan pioneered the new stagnation and the parallels are disturbing.’

Pronunciation

disturbing

/dəˈstərbiNG//dəˈstərbɪŋ/