[ UK /dɪstɹˈɛsɪŋ/ ]
[ US /dɪˈstɹɛsɪŋ/ ]
  1. bad; unfortunate
    her clothes were in sad shape
    a lamentable decision
    a sorry state of affairs
    my finances were in a deplorable state
  2. causing distress or worry or anxiety
    a worrying time
    a new and troubling thought
    distressing (or disturbing) news
    a disturbing amount of crime
    a revelation that was most perturbing
    lived in heroic if something distressful isolation
    a worrying situation
    in a particularly worrisome predicament
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How To Use distressing In A Sentence

  • Ms. Miller's imprisonment for civil contempt of court was less a perfect storm — to use one of the press 'hoarier clichés to characterize a grim convergence of unpleasant events — as it was a brownout, a distressing midsummer sign that a full power outage is on its way. The Great D.C. Plame-Out, Or: Novak, Lord of the Journo-Flies
  • However, I still cannot understand or rationalise the distressing sequence of events that followed his death.
  • We have an alarming number of distressing cases in our files of youngsters, families and old folk who need us.
  • Poor Ernest has been suffering since Wednesday last with the jaundice, which is very distressing and troublesome, though not alarming .... The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843) A Selection from Her Majesty's Correspondence Between the Years 1837 and 1861
  • To discuss the events at the death scene and closely examine the autopsy report is distressing to the families.
  • That final dependence may be experienced as distressing or peaceful, but it is not socially problematic.
  • This incident is particularly distressing to the members of the University administration because all fraternities and sororities participated in a workshop a year ago to address a similar situation at another institution.
  • As might be expected under such circumstances, the literature on this deliberately mysterious country tends to be polarized and politicized, with the ratio of opinion to fact often distressingly high.
  • For an institution whose culture has been built on order and seemliness, it is deeply distressing to learn of serious flaws and even criminal activity within its fold.
  • Distressingly these encouraged narrow-minded ideas based upon sexual objectivism are just as prevalent in animation…
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