Synonyms of trouble
1 botherDictionary • You've caused a lot of trouble.
concern • The move follows growing public concern over the spread of the disease.
worry • His last years were overshadowed by financial worry.
stress • Katy could not think clearly when under stress.
anxiety • His voice was full of anxiety.
unease • He tried to appear casual, but he couldn't conquer his unease.
disquiet • There is growing public disquiet.
annoyance • To her annoyance the stranger did not go away.
agitation • She was in a state of emotional agitation.
vexation • the tribulations and vexations we have to put up with
2 shortcomingDictionary • Your trouble is that you can't take the rejection.
shortcoming • His book has its shortcomings.
problem • the economic problems of the inner city
failing • He had invented an imaginary son, in order to make up for his real son's failings.
fault • His manners always made her blind to his faults.
weakness • His main weakness was his violent temper.
defect • The report pointed out the defects in the present system.
imperfection • He concedes that there are imperfections in the socialist system.
3 distressDictionary • She tells me her troubles. I tell her mine. often plural
distress • Her mouth grew stiff with pain and distress.
suffering • It has caused terrible suffering to animals.
pain • Her eyes were filled with pain.
torment • the torments of being a writer
hardship • Many people are suffering economic hardship.
sorrow • the joys and sorrows of family life
woe • He listened to my tale of woe.
irritation • For the first time he felt irritation at her methods.
misfortune • He had had his full share of misfortunes.
heartache • He had been the cause of so much heartache.
tribulation • the trials and tribulations of everyday life
, good fortune
4 ailmentDictionary • He had never before had any heart trouble.
ailment • The pharmacist can assist you with the treatment of common ailments.
disease • illnesses such as heart disease
complaint • Eczema is a common skin complaint.
upset • Paul was unwell last night with a stomach upset.
illness • She returned to her family home to recover from an illness.
disorder • a rare nerve disorder that can cause paralysis of the arms
5 disorderDictionary • Riot police are being deployed to prevent any trouble.
disorder • He called on the authorities to stop public disorder.
row • ‘Whatever is that row?’ she demanded.
conflict • The National Security Council has met to discuss ways of preventing a military conflict.
unrest • The real danger is civil unrest in the east of the country.
disturbance • During the disturbance, three men were hurt.
to-do (informal) • Just like him to make such a to-do about it.
furore • an international furore over the plan
uproar • The announcement caused uproar in the crowd.
discord • He foments discord among the allies.
fracas • In the ensuing fracas many were killed.
commotion • He heard a terrible commotion outside.
rumpus • He had left before the rumpus started.
breach of the peace
tumult • Round one ended to a tumult of whistles, screams and shouts.
affray (law) • He caused an affray at a pub.
hullabaloo (informal) • I was scared by the hullabaloo over my arrival.
kerfuffle (British, informal)
biffo (Australian, slang)
6 problemDictionary • He's no trouble at all, but his brother is rude and selfish.
bother • Most men hate the bother of shaving.
pest • My neighbour's a real pest.
irritation • Don't allow a minor irritation to mar your ambitions.
hassle (informal) • I don't think it's worth the money or the hassle.
nuisance • He can be a bit of a nuisance when he's drunk.
inconvenience • We apologize for any inconvenience caused during the repairs.
irritant • He said the issue was not a major irritant.
cause of annoyance
7 effortDictionary • You've saved us a lot of trouble by helping.
effort • A great deal of effort had been put into the planning.
work • This needs time and a lot of hard work.
care • He never seemed to have a care in the world.
labour • the labour of seeding, planting and harvesting
struggle • a young lad's struggle to support his poverty-stricken family
exertion • panting from the exertion of climbing the stairs
8 difficultyDictionary • a charity that helps women in trouble with the law
difficulty • There is only one difficulty. The hardest thing is to leave.
hot water (informal)
predicament • The decision will leave her in a predicament.
deep water (informal)
spot (informal) • In a tight spot there is no one I would sooner see than Frank.
mess • I've got myself into a bit of a mess.
dilemma • The issue raises a moral dilemma.
scrape (informal) • We got into terrible scrapes.
pickle (informal) • Connie had got herself into a real pickle this time.
1 botherDictionary • Is anything troubling you?
bother • That kind of jealousy doesn't bother me.
worry • ‘Why didn't you tell us?’ ‘ didn't want to worry you.’
upset • She warned me not to say anything to upset him.
distress • I did not want to frighten or distress her.
annoy • Try making a note of the things that annoy you.
plague • I'm not going to plague you with a lot of questions.
torment • My older brother used to torment me by singing it to me.
harass • We are almost routinely harassed by the police.
hassle (informal) • My husband started hassling me.
fret • The quickening of time frets me.
agitate • The thought of them inheriting all these things agitated her.
disconcert • My lack of response clearly disconcerted him.
disquiet • He's obviously disquieted by the experience.
pester • He's always hanging round and pestering me.
vex • Everything about that man vexes me.
perturb • He didn't seem to be perturbed by the news.
give someone grief (British, South Africa)
put or get someone's back up
hack you off (informal)
2 afflictDictionary • The ulcer had been troubling her for several years.
afflict • There are four main problems that afflict these people.
hurt • I'll go. I've hurt you enough.
cause discomfort to
pain • It pains me to think of an animal being in distress.
grieve • It grieved me to see him in such distress.
3 inconvenienceDictionary • ‘Good morning. I'm sorry to trouble you.’
inconvenience • He promised not to inconvenience them any further.
disturb • He had been disturbed by the news of the attack.
burden • We decided not to burden him with the news.
PROVERB:Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you
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afflictIf you are afflicted by pain, illness, or disaster, it affects you badly and makes you suffer.
• There are four main problems that afflict these people.
affrayAn affray is a noisy and violent fight, especially in a public place.
• He caused an affray at a pub.
outbreak of violence,
biffo (Australian, slang),
outbreak of violence,
biffo (Australian, slang),
• The thought of them inheriting all these things agitated her.
Thesaurus for trouble from the Collins English Thesaurus
a state or condition of mental distress or anxiety