Dis*turb"ance (?), n. [OF. destorbance.]


An interruption of a state of peace or quiet; derangement of the regular course of things; disquiet; disorder; as, a disturbance of religious exercises; a disturbance of the galvanic current.


Confusion of the mind; agitation of the feelings; perplexity; uneasiness.

Any man . . . in a state of disturbance and irritation. Burke.


Violent agitation in the body politic; public commotion; tumult.

The disturbance was made to support a general accusation against the province. Bancroft.

4. Law

The hindering or disquieting of a person in the lawful and peaceable enjoyment of his right; the interruption of a right; as, the disturbance of a franchise, of common, of ways, and the like.


Syn. -- Tumult; brawl; commotion; turmoil; uproar; hubbub; disorder; derangement; confusion; agitation; perturbation; annoyance.


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