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tr.v. dis·tressed, dis·tress·ing, dis·tress·es
1. To cause strain, anxiety, or suffering to. See Synonyms at trouble.
2. To mar or otherwise treat (an object or fabric, for example) to give the appearance of an antique or of heavy prior use.
3. Archaic To constrain or overcome by harassment.
1. Anxiety or mental suffering.
a. Bodily dysfunction or discomfort caused by disease or injury: respiratory distress.
b. Physical deterioration, as of a highway, caused by hard use over time: pavement distress.
a. The condition of being in need of immediate assistance: a motorist in distress.
b. Suffering caused by poverty: programs to relieve public distress.
4. Law The act of distraining or seizing goods to compel payment or other satisfaction for a debt or other duty owed; distraint.

[Middle English distressen, from Old French destresser, from destresse, constraint, from Vulgar Latin *districtia, from Latin districtus, past participle of distringere, to hinder; see distrain.]

dis·tress′ing·ly adv.
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Adv.1.distressingly - unpleasantly; "his ignorance was painfully obvious"
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[dɪsˈtresɪŋlɪ] ADVdolorosamente, penosamente
a distressingly bad pictureun cuadro tan malo que daba pena
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adv (= unfortunately)leider, bedauerlicherweise; common, familiar, high, lowerschreckend; groanmitleiderregend; distressingly, it took him six hours to diees dauerte sechs quälende Stunden, bis er gestorben war
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(diˈstres) noun
1. great sorrow, trouble or pain. She was in great distress over his disappearance; Is your leg causing you any distress?; The loss of all their money left the family in acute distress.
2. a cause of sorrow. My inability to draw has always been a distress to me.
to cause pain or sorrow to. I'm distressed by your lack of interest.
diˈstressing adjective
diˈstressingly adverb
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He did not tell me what the news was -- but I have never, in all the years I have passed in the admiral's service, seen him so distressingly upset, and so unlike himself, as he was on that day.
It seemed to point out that what he was thinking was distressingly obvious; and when you have agreed with the obvious what more is there to say?
Toby, wearied with the fatigues of the day, slumbered heavily by my side; but the pain under which I was suffering effectually prevented my sleeping, and I remained distressingly alive to all the fearful circumstances of our present situation.
But he remained distressingly European through it all.
"They're distressingly ugly, besides being vicious."
A slight haze still lingered in the air after the storm, for Fanny was very humble and tender that evening; Tom a trifle pensive, but distressingly polite, and Polly magnanimously friendly to every one; for generous natures like to forgive, and Polly enjoyed the petting after the insult, like a very human girl.
She was possessed by some feverish excitement which made her distressingly loud when she laughed, and sinfully wasteful and capricious in what she ate and drank at lunch.
Agravaine was a good deal better equipped than his contemporaries with grey matter, but his height in his socks was but five feet four; and his muscles, though he had taken three correspondence courses in physical culture, remained distressingly flaccid.
I do think you are desperately, distressingly good; it tires me to death to think of it."
In order to relieve this restlessness and close a distressingly ill-ordered scene, he rose abruptly and helped Katharine to her feet.
Several distinguished doctors have remonstrated against the influence of this second nature, both savage and civilized, on the moral being vegetating in those dreadful pens called bureaus, where the sun seldom penetrates, where thoughts are tied down to occupations like that of horses who turn a crank and who, poor beasts, yawn distressingly and die quickly.
To us and fellow shareholders, this refrain is distressingly familiar.

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