Definition of "distressing" []

  • To cause mental pain to; upset badly (verb)
  • To subject to financial or other trouble (verb)
  • To damage (esp furniture), as by scratching or denting it, in order to make it appear older than it is (verb)
  • To compel (verb)
  • Mental pain; anguish (noun)
  • The act of distressing or the state of being distressed (noun)
  • Physical or financial trouble (noun)
  • The seizure and holding of property as security for payment of or in satisfaction of a debt, claim, etc; distraint (noun)
  • The property thus seized (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Causing distress; upsetting (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

  • Present participle of distress. (verb) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "distressing" in a sentence
  • "I have what I want, they have money in their pocket for what they need (in this case formula for their baby — how distressing is that)."
  • "I think he should get on The Incredibles 2 and stop wasting his time with something that people won't watch. zamarov i thought of use of the word distressing was a bit strong do people get distressed about this? wonka bar"
  • "One of the most distressing is its deeply cynical attitude about law."
  • "The most distressing is how there will be no other end of the telephone with me on it for anyone until a few months after training and I am settled into a house with (hopefully, but highly unlikely) a phone."