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adjective as in upsetting


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It’s also easy to anthropomorphize and misinterpret actions as gestures of joy that are actually signs of distress or just indifference.

Covid-19—and its corollaries of uncertainty, isolation, and financial distress— is a mix of high-risk factors for developing a substance abuse disorder, or relapsing.

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In response, lawmakers called a hearing two months later, during which doctors and other experts testified that children suffered emotional and mental distress during the weeks or months their release was delayed.

Under the radar, a new class of dangerous debt — climate-distressed mortgage loans — might already be threatening the financial system.

We became officers because we wanted to help people in distress, make a difference in our communities and simply serve and protect.

The girls send a cry for help…the situation of these girls is distressing.

In one of the most distressing events of the year, nerd entitlement hit 100.

The health care workers, too, face “distressing” conditions.

The current lack of available Simpsons clips online is distressing.

Many Orange is the New Black fans found this scene to be particularly distressing.

“This is a distressing predicament for these young people,” thought Mr. Pickwick, as he dressed himself next morning.

The fate of the royal family after this defeat was extremely singular and distressing.

Indeed, the arrival of the American volunteers under these distressing circumstances produced a fresh commotion in Yloilo.

It was more than distressing, it was afflicting—the letters tore an established reputation into a thousand pieces.

It's seeing people and objects in their weird entirety, in their true and complete shapes, that is so distressing.

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On this page you'll find 99 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to distressing, such as: deplorable, dreadful, frightening, painful, poignant, and regrettable.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.