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Synonyms for distressing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distressing, distressful, disturbing, perturbing, troubling, worrisome, worrying(adj)

    causing distress or worry or anxiety

    "distressing (or disturbing) news"; "lived in heroic if something distressful isolation"; "a disturbing amount of crime"; "a revelation that was most perturbing"; "a new and troubling thought"; "in a particularly worrisome predicament"; "a worrying situation"; "a worrying time"

    Synonyms:
    perturbing, unreassuring, worrying, deplorable, sorry, sad, disturbing, lamentable, distressful, worrisome, troubling, pitiful

    Antonyms:
    light, good

  2. deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry(adj)

    bad; unfortunate

    "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs"

    Synonyms:
    regretful, deplorable, hapless, no-account, reprehensible, woeful, dismal, troubling, execrable, dingy, disconsolate, perturbing, no-count, good-for-nothing, miserable, worrying, criminal, no-good, vicious, disturbing, dark, grim, sad, piteous, condemnable, lamentable, worrisome, misfortunate, pitiable, bad, poor, pathetic, wretched, sorry, pitiful, gloomy, drab, distressful, dreary, drear, good-for-naught, blue, meritless

    Antonyms:
    light, good

Editors Contribution

  1. happy

    sometimes people are so happy that others find it distressing

    jenna smiled brightly at her mother, who just looked distressed

    Submitted by anonymous on December 1, 2020  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. distressing(a)

    Synonyms:
    grievous, distressful, painful, afflictive

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#290986condemnable

How to use distressing in a sentence?

  1. Ben Edelman:

    It certainly came as a surprise to see these emails published, from my perspective, the most distressing aspect of the media coverage, and of having the emails circulated, was how few people seemed to understand, or even want to understand, my true motivations.

  2. Mandela Barnes:

    I can't take a vote of confidence or a vote of lack of confidence, but if I could, probably would take that vote because it is distressing, like I said, there is no condemnation hardly for the person who actually killed two people.

  3. Paul Ryan:

    You would think we ought to be focusing on Hillary Clinton, on all of her deficiencies. Hillary Clinton is such a weak candidate that one would think we'd be on offense against Hillary Clinton and it is distressing that that's not what we're talking about these days.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    In spite of life's distressing circumstances. Never quit to trust in God. For, he (God) will surely take care of you sooner or later. Oh! yes, he can and he will do just that. But, provided you will continually trust in him in toto, scripture reference Nahum 1: 7). Besides, he (God) has already taken care of those whose conditions/circumstances were worser/more miserable than yours e.g. Jabez, Esther, Modecaih among others. So, keep on trusting in him (God) even against all odds.

  5. Robert Hutchins:

    The most distressing aspect of the world into which you are going is its indifference to the basic issues, which now, as always, are moral issues.


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