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Adjective
Upsetting, or causing anxiety, sorrow or pain
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“King later apologized for writing the novel, saying he penned it during a distressing period in his life and wished it had never been published.”
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Causing worry, distress or anxiety
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“Giving evidence in court is a distressing situation where a person's integrity will be questioned.”
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Characterized by, or tending to cause, agitation, fear or anxiety
“But the prophet would later give a distressing warning of judgment.”
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Disturbing in nature due to references to death or dying
“He likewise was troubled with very distressing visions of a frightful nature appearing to him immediately before the act of falling asleep.”
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Causing hurt or distress to someone's feelings
“Yasin had trembled all over, expecting unprecedented evil or at least a distressing insult that would be observed by the shop owners and passersby.”
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Causing trouble, difficulties, or discomfort
“It could be argued, ironic though this may seem, that they had become by the early nineteenth century more of a distressing inconvenience than they had ever been a century before.”
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Deplorable or substandard in quality or condition
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“Members have so often had to work in distressing conditions under the pressure of a program too vast for their insufficient resources.”
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Affected with, or causing, physical discomfort or pain
“The man had deliberately created a distressing wound on one of his arms, which he would dutifully expose to any member of the public who passed by his makeshift bed.”
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Severe or intense, especially in a painful or unpleasant way
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“At other times it covers the whole body and limbs, when it becomes a severe and distressing affection, from the great itching and pain which are its attendants.”
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Causing, or characterized by, a feeling of shock or surprise
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“To me that was the most shocking of the many shocking and distressing episodes in this whole dreary affair.”
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Generally displeasing or unpalatable in nature
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“And the distressing truth is that, for the present, this disease is incurable.”
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Causing, or likely to cause, harm or injury
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“When you achieve a calmness of mind, then you will understand that your negative, distressing and harmful thoughts are disappearing.”
Verb
To be irritating or upsetting, typically with repeated or unpleasant acts
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Present participle for to cause significant upset to (someone)
“He had done everything possible to distress her, including his confession of love for her.”
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Present participle for to give an appearance of age to, especially a new object
“I hereby grant you permission to distress that table, to paint it pink and stencil flowers around the edge if that pleases you.”
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