Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a distressing manner.

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  • adverb In a distressing manner; so as to cause distress

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  • adverb unpleasantly

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Examples

  • This mutual orgasm is extremely important, but in distressingly many cases the man's climax comes so swiftly that the woman's reactions are not nearly ready, and she is left without it.

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  • She is what I call distressingly good; one doesn't want to be treated like a wild beast in a menagerie, and to be every now and then stirred up with a long stick. "

    Sowing and Reaping

  • They’re realistic people who are damaged in distressingly recognizable ways, and Small is left to try and escape the generational cycle.

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  • They’re realistic people who are damaged in distressingly recognizable ways, and Small is left to try and escape the generational cycle.

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  • Her prominent commonplace brown eyes were gazing up the walk, an expression distressingly like envious anger in them.

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  • Her prominent commonplace brown eyes were gazing up the walk, an expression distressingly like envious anger in them.

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  • In explanation of which remark, however, I must confine myself to noting that, as almost all the old monuments at Santa Croce are small, comparatively small, and interesting and exquisite, so the modern, well nigh without exception, are disproportionately vast and pompous, or in other words distressingly vague and vain.

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  • You could do things that are less unfair, but they wind up seeming distressingly radical to other people.

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  • But it all ended distressingly for her and we became her family.

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  • "But even this court was shocked, not only by the seeming pervasive scope of misconduct but even more distressingly by the seeming casualness by which such conduct is employed."

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