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distressing Line breaks: dis¦tress|ing
Pronunciation: /dɪˈstrɛsɪŋ/

Definition of distressing in English:


Causing anxiety, sorrow or pain; upsetting: some very distressing news
More example sentences
  • She had a good point about speaking up in a distressing situation.
  • The remainder of their stay passed without distressing incidents.
  • The decisive No vote among the younger generation was distressing.


Pronunciation: /dɪˈstrɛsɪŋli/
[as submodifier]: the pattern was distressingly familiar
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  • Political conventions have become distressingly routine and disturbingly predictable.
  • This was the most distressingly unpleasant and humiliating experience of my life that didn't involve medical staff.
  • More distressingly the chemotherapy made her give off a particularly unpleasant odour.

Words that rhyme with distressing

blessing, dressing, Lessing, pressing, unprepossessing
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