(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. worry, agitate, disquiet, trouble; disarrange, confuse; interrupt, unsettle. See agitation, disorder. Ant., calm, soothe.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To upset physical relationship]
Syn. disorder, displace, disrupt; see confuse .
2. [To upset mental calm]
Syn. trouble, worry, upset, agitate, discompose, perturb, bother, interrupt, intrude upon, inconvenience, discommode, startle, shake, give one a turn, unnerve, unsettle, disconcert, perplex, rattle, alarm, excite, arouse, affright, affect one's mind, badger, plague, vex, outrage, grieve, depress, distress, dishearten, irk, ail, provoke, afflict, irritate, pain, make uneasy, concern, disquiet, harass, exasperate, pique, gall, displease, fluster, ruffle, shake up*, throw*, put out*, flip out*, freak out*; see also bother 2 , 3 , confuse .
Ant. quiet*, calm, soothe.
Syn.- disturb implies the unsettling of normal mental calm or powers of concentration as by worry, interruption, or interference [ to disturb one's train of thought ] ; discompose implies the upsetting of one's self-possession [ her sudden outburst discomposed him ] ; to perturb is to cause to have a troubled or alarmed feeling [ the bad news perturbed him ] ; agitate suggests the arousal of intense mental or emotional excitement [ he was so agitated , he could not answer ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. bother trouble, disquiet, disrupt, distress, ruffle, interrupt, annoy, plague, irritate, discommode, perturb, *hassle, *bug, intrude upon.
2. disarrange disorder, disorganize, jumble, mix up, upset, unsettle.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To alter the settled state or position of: dislocate, displace, move, shake, shift. See MOVE. 2. To impair or destroy the composure of: agitate, bother, discompose, disquiet, distract, flurry, fluster, perturb, rock, ruffle, shake (up), toss, unsettle, upset. Informal: rattle. See CALM. 3. To trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations: aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, exasperate, fret, gall2, get, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, provoke, put out, rile, ruffle, vex. Idioms: get in one's hair, get on one's nerves, get under one's skin. See FEELINGS, PAIN. 4. To break up the order or progress of: disrupt, upset. See ORDER. 5. To put out of proper order: derange, disarrange, disarray, disorder, disorganize, disrupt, jumble, mess up, mix up, muddle, tumble, unsettle, upset. See ORDER.

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