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synonyms for distressful

  • anxious
  • disquieting
  • disruptive
  • distressing
  • nervous
  • perturbing
  • troublesome
  • unsettling
  • upsetting
  • worrisome
  • worrying
See also synonyms for: distressfully
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How to use distressful in a sentence

Hardly had he uttered these distressful exclamations when a prolonged note of melody caught his ear.
JACK HARKAWAY'S BOY TINKER AMONG THE TURKSBRACEBRIDGE HEMYNG
At the edge of a small field lying close to the road was a negro's cabin, and from that quarter came the dog's distressful outcry.
AN ARKANSAS PLANTEROPIE PERCIVAL READ
Half-way down the walk he paused, picked up a snail that had crawled out upon the distressful sand.
CURSEDGEORGE ALLAN ENGLAND
A cold dampness settled upon his forehead, his limbs trembled violently, and distressful sighs issued from his heaving breast.
WILD WESTERN SCENESJOHN BEAUCHAMP JONES
Their distressful needs are in danger of being left aside in the pressure of other worthy appeals for aid.
AMERICAN MISSIONARY - VOLUME 50, NO. 3, MARCH, 1896VARIOUS
"Oh, Polly—I never scarcely think of my fortune," Cynthia interrupted, her face full of distressful color.
A LITTLE GIRL IN OLD SALEMAMANDA MINNIE DOUGLAS
At this he seized my coat, grovelled upon my desk, and burst again into distressful weeping.
SIXES AND SEVENSO. HENRY
Irene turned her pale, distressful face upon the merciless woman.
GUY KENMORE'S WIFE AND THE ROSE AND THE LILYMRS. ALEX MCVEIGH MILLER
In Bonaventure a look of distressful self-justification quickly changed to one of anxious compassion.
BONAVENTUREGEORGE WASHINGTON CABLE
Britz recognized the futility of trying to obtain further admissions from a woman in her distressful state of mind.
THE SUBSTITUTE PRISONERMAX MARCIN
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WORDS RELATED TO DISTRESSFUL

  • afflictive
  • deplorable
  • distressful
  • dreadful
  • fearful
  • frightening
  • grievous
  • heart-wrenching
  • nagging
  • painful
  • poignant
  • regrettable
  • sad
  • troublesome
  • woeful
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.