dis·turb vt
1: to destroy the tranquillity or composure of
2: to throw into disorder
vi: to cause disturbance
disturb the peace: to cause a disturbance

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb agitate, alarm, annoy, arouse, badger, bedevil, befuddle, bewilder, bother, churn, commovere, confound, confuse, conturbare, derange, disarrange, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, dishevel, dislocate, dislodge, dismay, disorder, disorganize, disorientate, displace, displant, displease, disquiet, distemper, distract, distress, enrage, exasperate, ferment, fluster, havoc, incommode, interfere, interrupt, intrude, irk, make uneasy, meddle, molest, nettle, nonplus, outrage, overturn, perplex, perturb, perturbare, pique, plague, puzzle, rearrange, roil, rouse, ruffle, shake, shake up, startle, stir up, subvert, tamper, trouble, unbalance, unnerve, unseat, unsettle, upset, vex, worry associated concepts: disturbing the peace, right to quiet enjoyment II index affront, aggravate (annoy), agitate (perturb), annoy, badger, bait (harass), confuse (create disorder), discommode, discompose, disconcert, discontinue (break continuity), dislocate, dislodge, disorganize, disorient, displace (remove), disrupt, distress, embarrass, evict, harass, harrow, harry (harass), hector, impair, inconvenience, interfere, interrupt, irritate, menace, mistreat, molest (annoy), muddle, obfuscate, offend (insult), perplex, persecute, perturb, pique, plague, remove (eliminate), upset

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To interfere with peaceful, normal conditions; to throw into disorder; to intrude or interrupt.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • disturb — [di stʉrb′] vt. [ME distourben < OFr distourber < L disturbare, to drive asunder < dis , intens. + turbare, to disorder < turba, a crowd, mob: see TURBID] 1. to break up the quiet or serenity of; agitate (what is quiet or still) 2. to …   English World dictionary

  • disturb — c.1300, to stop or hinder, from O.Fr. destorber (O.N.Fr. distourber) and directly from L. disturbare throw into disorder, from dis completely (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + turbare to disorder, disturb, from turba turmoil (see TURBID (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

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