disturb, perturb

 They can often be used interchangeably, but generally the first is better applied to physical agitation, the second to mental agitation.

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • disturb, perturb —    They can often be used interchangeably, but generally the first is better applied to physical agitation, the second to mental agitation …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • disturb — dis·turb vt 1: to destroy the tranquillity or composure of 2: to throw into disorder vi: to cause disturbance disturb the peace: to cause a disturbance Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Perturb — Per*turb , v. t. [L. perturbare, perturbatum; per + turbare to disturb, fr. turba a disorder: cf. OF. perturber. See {Per }, and {Turbid}.] 1. To disturb; to agitate; to vex; to trouble; to disquiet. [1913 Webster] Ye that . . . perturb so my… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perturb — [pər tʉrb′] vt. [ME perturben < MFr perturber < L perturbare < per , intens. + turbare, to disturb: see TURBID] 1. to cause to be alarmed, agitated, or upset; disturb or trouble greatly 2. to cause disorder or confusion in; unsettle 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • perturb — I verb abash, agitate, alarm, annoy, arouse, badger, baffle, bewilder, bother, bring into disorder, cause a fuss, cause agitation, cause alarm, cause confusion, cause disorder, cause upset, churn, complicate, confound, confuse, derange,… …   Law dictionary

  • perturb — late 14c. (implied in perturbation), probably via O.Fr. perturber (14c.), from L. perturbare to confuse, disorder, disturb, from per through + turbare disturb, confuse, from turba turmoil, crowd (see TURBID (Cf. turbid)). Related: Perturbed;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • disturb — [di stʉrb′] vt. [ME distourben < OFr distourber < L disturbare, to drive asunder < dis , intens. + turbare, to disorder < turba, a crowd, mob: see TURBID] 1. to break up the quiet or serenity of; agitate (what is quiet or still) 2. to …   English World dictionary

  • disturb — [v1] bother, upset afflict, agitate, ail, alarm, amaze, annoy, arouse, astound, badger, burn up*, complicate, confound, confuse, depress, discompose, dishearten, disrupt, distract, distress, excite, fluster, frighten, gall, grieve, harass,… …   New thesaurus

  • perturb — disturb, agitate, upset, *discompose, disquiet, fluster, flurry Analogous words: *annoy, vex, irk, bother: *confuse, muddle, addle: confound, nonplus, distract, bewilder, dumbfound (see PUZZLE vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • perturb — [v] upset, unsettle agitate, alarm, annoy, bewilder, bother, bug*, confound, confuse, disarrange, discompose, disconcert, discountenance, dismay, disorder, disquiet, disturb, flurry, fluster, irritate, make a scene*, make waves*, muddle, needle,… …   New thesaurus

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.