disturbance Definition

  • 1the interruption of a settled and peaceful condition
  • 2a noisy or violent public disorder or riot

Using disturbance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "disturbance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The loud music from the party caused a disturbance in the neighborhood.

  • Example

    The protest turned into a violent disturbance.

  • Example

    The disturbance in the ocean caused the boat to rock back and forth.

  • Example

    The teacher asked the student to leave the classroom due to their disturbance.

disturbance Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for disturbance

Idioms Using disturbance

  • to create a commotion or disruption


    The group of rowdy teenagers caused a disturbance in the park.

  • a phrase used in the Star Wars franchise to describe a disruption in the balance of the universe


    Yoda senses a disturbance in the force and warns the Jedi council.

  • an event caused by natural forces that disrupts the environment or ecosystem


    The forest fire was a major disturbance of nature, destroying acres of trees and wildlife habitats.

Phrases with disturbance

  • mental disturbance

    a condition that affects a person's thinking, mood, or behavior


    The patient was diagnosed with a mental disturbance and prescribed medication.

  • a criminal offense involving an individual's disruptive behavior in public


    The police arrested the man for causing a disturbance of the peace.

  • a condition that affects a person's ability to sleep properly


    The noise outside caused a sleep disturbance for the residents of the apartment building.

Origins of disturbance

from Latin 'disturbare', meaning 'to throw into disorder'


Summary: disturbance in Brief

The term 'disturbance' [dɪˈstɜːbəns] refers to the interruption of a peaceful state or a noisy and violent public disorder. It can be used to describe anything from a loud party to a full-blown riot, as in 'The protest turned into a violent disturbance.' The phrase 'disturbance of the peace' is a legal term for disruptive behavior in public, while 'mental disturbance' refers to a condition affecting a person's thinking, mood, or behavior.