Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a distressing manner.

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  • adverb In a distressful way; showing distress

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  • adverb with distress

Etymologies

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distressful +‎ -ly

Examples

  • You! 'cried she, again distressfully, almost incredulously, looking at him, while her hands were uplifted with amazement:' I thought you above any suffering! superior to all calamity! ... almost to all feeling! .. '

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • He even believes that he heard the voice of his fellow experimenter calling distressfully to him, though at the time he considered this to be an illusion.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • There was a brief, heavy silence that weighed distressfully on Elis, while Hugh eyed the pair of them from under knitted brows, and fastened at last with frowning attention upon Melicent.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • Great Regulars: And while such an one is ploughing distressfully up the road, it is not hard to understand his resentment, when he perceives cool persons in the meadows by the wayside, lying with a handkerchief over their ears and a glass at their elbow.

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  • You! 'cried she, again distressfully, almost incredulously, looking at him, while her hands were uplifted with amazement:' I thought you above any suffering! superior to all calamity!.

    Camilla

  • She went, laughing, out of the chamber, and Camilla, who had seized a pen, distressfully flung it from her.

    Camilla

  • He had coaxed the terrified animal up from its knees, and now it stood, lathered and panting distressfully, head lowered, eyes still rolling.

    A Wicked Gentleman

  • He had coaxed the terrified animal up from its knees, and now it stood, lathered and panting distressfully, head lowered, eyes still rolling.

    A Wicked Gentleman

  • Mr. George, who has turned quite white and looks distressfully at the grey cloak and straw bonnet.

    Bleak House

  • Most distressfully (but, my dear, how successfully!) to wail he did, his locks of a lucan tinge, quickrich, ripely rippling, unfilleted, those lashbetasselled lids on the verge of closing time, whiles ouze of his sidewiseopen mouth the breath of him, evenso languishing as the princeliest treble treacle or lichee chewchow purse could buy.

    Finnegans Wake

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