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dih stuhr bihns
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act or instance of disturbing.
The police came because someone reported a disturbance.
similar words:
annoyance, interruption, upheaval
definition 2: something that disturbs.
The teacher says talking in class is a disturbance she will not allow.
similar words:
annoyance, bother, inconvenience, interruption, nuisance
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The word disturbance contains the following parts:
turb Latin root that means confusion
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-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.