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1Beset by problems or conflict.‘his troubled private life’
difficult, problematic, full of problems, beset by problems, unsettled, hard, tough, stressful, darkView synonyms
- ‘Still, only some of their difficulties could be attributed to their troubled relationships with their mothers.’
- ‘Problems on the troubled estate have increased following the loss of the area's two community police officers.’
- ‘Patrick and his wife raised 11 children during difficult times and a troubled period in our history.’
- ‘The troubled undergraduate's primary difficulty lay in conceiving how anything could float.’
- ‘With these voluptuous gifts have come difficult, troubled lives.’
- ‘His marriages are often mentioned and described as troubled, difficult, but no great detail about them is given.’
- ‘The problems facing the troubled suburbs are due in part to the growing fragmentation of our metropolitan areas.’
- ‘This is music that directly addresses many of the problems of a troubled planet.’
- ‘In a journal entry about the coming exhibition, he aptly describes how his art has helped soothe a troubled and unsettled past.’
- ‘Caroline does not reciprocate his feelings, tolerating Noah at best, too concerned with her own family problems to befriend a troubled white boy.’
- ‘He cast himself as the hero, at 22 years old trying to put his troubled past behind him and go straight, but beset with biblical problems and temptations at every step.’
- ‘I would like to pay tribute to the staff who worked so hard to support this troubled young woman.’
- ‘In many ways, he was the right person to take the troubled city through a difficult time caused by a major economic downturn.’
- ‘Until that day, if it ever came, she would make her home a haven of light and peace in these dark, troubled times.’
- ‘He had a troubled background including family difficulties from an early age and had started to take heroin at an early age.’
- ‘Why a wave of delayed hurricanes is just the latest in a string of problems for our troubled space agency.’
- ‘On arriving in the troubled area, dark clouds and intense humidity increased the sense of tension in the area.’
- ‘It is far from the image of a troubled, inner-city school beset by social problems.’
- ‘The birds did not make a sound as Callan rose from her bed and went outside to find fresh water; it was a bad omen, but then not unusual in those dark and troubled times.’
- ‘In these dark and troubled times, we need all the help we can get.’
- 1.1Showing distress or anxiety.‘his troubled face’
- ‘Hannah exchanged a troubled glance with Sister Evangeline.’
- ‘The following night, the man felt another tap on his shoulder, and sees the same troubled face staring back.’
- ‘I sat stunned, but as I looked at her troubled face, the signs of fear and extreme anxiety began to show from behind her mask.’
- ‘The last and only known portrait of the actor captures him as an intense, brooding young man, a distant, troubled look in his eyes.’
- ‘Her eyes wandered to his troubled face.’
- ‘The next morning when he came downstairs, his wife asked what he had learned; he looked around with a nervous and troubled glance, and after locking the door, assured her that the rumor was true.’
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