Definitions of distressing

  1. In a distressing manner. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Very afflicting. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3. bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB

Usage examples for distressing

  1. 279. Fear, distressing symptoms of, ii. – Himalayan Journals V2. by J. D. Hooker
  2. The day after that distressing interview with his mother, he went gaily round to Mrs. Richie's to pound David on the back, and say " Congratulations, old fellow! – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland