distressful


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dis·tress·ful

 (dĭ-strĕs′fəl)
adj.
Causing or experiencing distress.

dis·tress′ful·ly adv.
dis·tress′ful·ness n.

dis•tress•ful

(dɪˈstrɛs fəl)

adj.
1. causing or involving distress.
2. full of, feeling, or indicating distress.
[1585–95]
dis•tress′ful•ly, adv.
dis•tress′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.distressful - causing distress or worry or anxietydistressful - 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"
heavy - marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness; "a heavy heart"; "a heavy schedule"; "heavy news"; "a heavy silence"; "heavy eyelids"

distressful

adjective
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Containing a fuller account of Mrs Waters, and by what means she came into that distressful situation from which she was rescued by Jones.
Your presence here is offensive to me and distressful to my niece.
To this distressful emblem of a great distress that had long been growing worse, and was not at its worst, a woman was kneeling.
In the seventh place, try, by the frequent thought of death," the Rhetor said, "to bring yourself to regard it not as a dreaded foe, but as a friend that frees the soul grown weary in the labors of virtue from this distressful life, and leads it to its place of recompense and peace.
Fentolin shook his head slowly - a distressful gesture.
At the mere thought of Mrs Higden in this inconceivable affliction, Mr Sloppy's countenance became pale, and manifested the most distressful emotions.
For an instant, a distressful shadow crossed her face; but, even in the start it gave me, it was gone; and she was playing on, and looking at me with her own calm smile.
And so now as he dwelt on what was probably awaiting him at the end of this distressful drive - John, who saw things little, remembered them less, and could not have described them at all, beheld in his mind's-eye the garden of the Lodge, detailed as in a map; he went to and fro in it, feeding his terrors; he saw the hollies, the snowy borders, the paths where he had sought Alan, the high, conventual walls, the shut door - what
George Meredith's right-- the cause of Comedy and the cause of Truth are really the same; and I, even I, have found tenants for the distressful Cissie Villa.
By the time he had finished telling me his distressful tale, I was in the same state of mind that you would have been in yourself, if you have got average human curiosity; that is to say, I was as burning up as he was to find out which member of the family it was that was left.
He tapped his forehead with a distressful forefinger, to convey his opinion that the widow Jules Giry was most certainly mad, a piece of pantomime which confirmed M.
Suddenly she uttered a distressful cry and rose to her feet.