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August 5, 2014 - Word of the Day: upset


The word "upset" has many different shades of meaning as an adjective. It could mean that a person is angry, troubled, worried, or in pain.

  • Bertha's upset because her computer isn't working properly. (She's not happy or she's frustrated.)
  • John is upset because his kids aren't listening to him. (He's mad.)
  • The visitors to the refugee camp were upset by the sight of starving children. (They were very disturbed.)
  • Ken was upset by the news of his mother's death. (He was emotionally distraught)
  • The sudden change of weather upset our plans to go to the beach. (The plans had to be changed.)
  • My stomach is upset. (It hurts.)

upset man

He's very upset about something.


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