from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing distress; upsetting
  • v. Present participle of distress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Causing distress; painful; unpleasant.
  • adv. In a distressing manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very painful or afflicting: as, a distressing sickness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing distress or worry or anxiety
  • adj. bad; unfortunate


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • I have what I want, they have money in their pocket for what they need (in this case formula for their baby — how distressing is that).

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  • I think he should get on The Incredibles 2 and stop wasting his time with something that people won't watch. zamarov i thought of use of the word distressing was a bit strong do people get distressed about this? wonka bar

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  • One of the most distressing is its deeply cynical attitude about law.


  • What makes this news particularly distressing is that Albion's great rivals W***** W********, who copied our use of the song, will continue to play it.

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  • The most distressing is how there will be no other end of the telephone with me on it for anyone until a few months after training and I am settled into a house with (hopefully, but highly unlikely) a phone.

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  • The infamous sex tapes, taste in men he describes as distressing and he also cites her dissing of the Arkansas couple kind enough to host her on some "Simple Life" jaunt while Grove swears she's gone from his pages for good, he did leave a light on in the window just in case.

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  • For the larger and wilder the outpouring of new units of speculation, the more acute and distressing is the consequent panic.

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  • It is one of the uses of poetry – one says it to oneself in distressing circumstances of that kind, or when one has to wait at railway stations, or when one cannot get to sleep at night.

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  • A "Permanent World's Fair" may be a phrase distressing to the literal mind.

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  • But on the occasion referred to, both these ingredients were to be excluded, partly because it was a solemn appeal to God in distressing circumstances, and partly because it was a sin offering on the part of the wife, who came before God in the character of a real or suspected offender.

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