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Adjective
Causing distress or discomfort
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“Martin has just gone through a painful and upsetting divorce.”
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Offensive in nature
“Sally still hasn't forgiven you for that upsetting comment you made about her derriere.”
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Causing embarrassment or unease
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Causing or tending to cause disruption
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Causing, likely to cause, or capable or causing, harm or injury
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Inconsiderate and harsh to others
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Discordant
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Causing disruption or annoyance through being unwelcome or uninvited
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Causing surprising negative emotions
Verb
To be irritating or upsetting, typically with repeated or unpleasant acts
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To be triggering a passionate feeling or reaction
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Present participle for to disturb mentally or emotionally
“She was highly sensitive, and we were constantly walking on eggshells trying not to upset her.”
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Present participle for to cause disarray or disorganization in the order of
“The ship trembled slightly, enough to make one lose their balance, but not enough to upset anything.”
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Present participle for to knock over something
“Willie sprang on the top of the table and upset the bottle of ink upon Martha's manuscript.”
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Present participle for to defeat in unexpected circumstances
“A rank outsider would upset the reigning champion.”
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Present participle for to cause disorder in
“Many activists and researchers claim that constant human intervention will upset the balance of nature.”
Noun
A change to an opposite direction, position, or course of action
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Disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity, or process
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The state of being bewildered or unclear in one's mind about something
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