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Perturbed vs. Upset — What's the Difference?

Perturbed vs. Upset — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Perturbed and Upset

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Perturbed

To disturb or confuse; make uneasy or anxious
I was perturbed by his off-color remarks.

Upset

To cause to overturn; knock or tip over
Upset the flowerpot.

Perturbed

To cause (a system) to become altered or imbalanced from a normal state
Volcanic eruptions that perturbed the climate.

Upset

To disturb the functioning, order, or course of
Protesters upset the meeting by chanting and shouting.

Perturbed

Physics & Astronomy To cause perturbation in (the orbit of a celestial body, for example) by gravitational interaction.
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Upset

To cause (the stomach) to feel ill.

Perturbed

Simple past tense and past participle of perturb

Upset

To distress or perturb mentally or emotionally
The bad news upset me.

Perturbed

Disturbed; flustered.

Upset

(ŭpsĕt′) To defeat unexpectedly (an opponent favored to win).

Perturbed

(mathematics) Slightly modified.
The equation x2 − 3.0001x + 2 = 0 is a perturbed version of x2 − 3x + 2 = 0.

Upset

To make (a heated metal bolt, for example) shorter and thicker by hammering on the end.

Perturbed

Agitated; disturbed; troubled.

Upset

The act of upsetting or the condition of being upset
The upset of the vase.

Perturbed

Thrown into a state of agitated confusion; (`rattled' is an informal term)

Upset

A disturbance, disorder, or state of agitation
An upset of my routine.

Upset

A condition of indigestion
A remedy for stomach upset.

Upset

A game, contest, or election in which the favorite is defeated.

Upset

A tool used for upsetting; a swage.

Upset

An upset part or piece.

Upset

Having been overturned
An upset vase.

Upset

Exhibiting signs and symptoms of indigestion
An upset stomach.

Upset

In a state of emotional or mental distress; distraught
Upset parents.

Upset

(of a person) Angry, distressed, or unhappy.
He was upset when she refused his friendship.
My children often get upset with their classmates.

Upset

(of a stomach or gastrointestinal tract, referred to as stomach) Feeling unwell, nauseated, or ready to vomit.
His stomach was upset, so he didn't want to move.

Upset

(uncountable) disturbance or disruption.
My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset.

Upset

An unexpected victory of a competitor or candidate that was not favored to win.

Upset

(automobile insurance) An overturn.
"collision and upset": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.

Upset

An upset stomach.

Upset

(mathematics) An upper set; a subset (X,≤) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and x≤y, then y is in U.

Upset

(aviation) The dangerous situation where the flight attitude or airspeed of an aircraft is outside the designed bounds of operation, possibly resulting in loss of control.

Upset

(transitive) To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.
I’m sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.

Upset

(transitive) To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).
Introducing a foreign species can upset the ecological balance.
The fatty meat upset his stomach.

Upset

(transitive) To tip or overturn (something).

Upset

(transitive) To defeat unexpectedly.
Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.

Upset

(intransitive) To be upset or knocked over.
The carriage upset when the horse bolted.

Upset

(obsolete) To set up; to put upright.

Upset

To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.

Upset

To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.

Upset

To set up; to put upright.

Upset

To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.

Upset

To overturn, overthrow, or overset; as, to upset a carriage; to upset an argument.

Upset

To disturb the self-possession of; to disorder the nerves of; to make ill; as, the fright upset her.

Upset

To turn upwards the outer ends of (stakes) so as to make a foundation for the side of a basket or the like; also, to form (the side) in this manner.

Upset

To become upset.

Upset

Set up; fixed; determined; - used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price; that is, the price fixed upon as the minimum for property offered in a public sale, or, in an auction, the price at which property is set up or started by the auctioneer, and the lowest price at which it will be sold.
After a solemn pause, Mr. Glossin offered the upset price for the lands and barony of Ellangowan.

Upset

The act of upsetting, or the state of being upset; an overturn; as, the wagon had an upset.

Upset

An unhappy and worried mental state;
There was too much anger and disturbance
She didn't realize the upset she caused me

Upset

The act of disturbing the mind or body;
His carelessness could have caused an ecological upset
She was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living

Upset

Condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning;
The doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder
Everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time

Upset

A tool used to thicken or spread (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging

Upset

The act of upsetting something;
He was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed

Upset

An improbable and unexpected victory;
The biggest upset since David beat Goliath

Upset

Disturb the balance or stability of;
The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries

Upset

Cause to lose one's composure

Upset

Move deeply;
This book upset me
A troubling thought

Upset

Cause to overturn from an upright or normal position;
The cat knocked over the flower vase
The clumsy customer turned over the vase
He tumped over his beer

Upset

Form metals with a swage

Upset

Defeat suddenly and unexpectedly;
The foreign team upset the local team

Upset

Afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief;
Too upset to say anything
Spent many disquieted moments
Distressed about her son's leaving home
Lapsed into disturbed sleep
Worried parents
A worried frown
One last worried check of the sleeping children

Upset

Thrown into a state of disarray or confusion;
Troops fleeing in broken ranks
A confused mass of papers on the desk
The small disordered room
With everything so upset

Upset

Used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win;
The Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers

Upset

Mildly physically distressed;
An upset stomach

Upset

Having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom;
An overturned car
The upset pitcher of milk
Sat on an upturned bucket

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