Adjective "troubled" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Beset by problems or difficulties.
  1. 'His marriages are often mentioned and described as troubled, difficult, but no great detail about them is given.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'In a journal entry about the coming exhibition, he aptly describes how his art has helped soothe a troubled and unsettled past.'
  4. 'With these voluptuous gifts have come difficult, troubled lives.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'On arriving in the troubled area, dark clouds and intense humidity increased the sense of tension in the area.'
  7. 'Why a wave of delayed hurricanes is just the latest in a string of problems for our troubled space agency.'
  8. 'In these dark and troubled times, we need all the help we can get.'
  9. 'Until that day, if it ever came, she would make her home a haven of light and peace in these dark, troubled times.'
  10. 'Still, only some of their difficulties could be attributed to their troubled relationships with their mothers.'
  11. 'his troubled face'
  12. 'The following night, the man felt another tap on his shoulder, and sees the same troubled face staring back.'
  13. '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.'
  14. '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.'


1. to disturb the mental calm and contentment of; worry; distress; agitate.

2. to put to inconvenience, exertion, pains, or the like: May I trouble you to shut the door?

3. to cause bodily pain, discomfort, or disorder to; afflict: to be troubled by arthritis.

4. to annoy, vex, or bother: Don't trouble her with petty complaints now.

5. to disturb, agitate, or stir up so as to make turbid, as water or wine: A heavy gale troubled the ocea

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be troubled about gains."

"organizations can be troubled in/at/on years."

"states can be troubled by trips."

"presidents can be troubled by divisions."

"people can be troubled with people."

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troubled waters