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Definitions of distressful

  1. Full of distress; causing, indicating, or attended with, distress; as, a distressful situation. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Causing distress; indicating distress; worn with pain and labour. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for distressful

  1. Rhoda looked at him with distressful eagerness. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. When he thought he could do so unobserved, he glanced at the clock whose fingers now moved with a distressful rapidity, knowing that his chance would be gone if the bob- sled arrived before the cold grew too great for his jailer. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss