Definition of distressing adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈstresɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstresɪŋ//
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making you feel extremely upset, especially because of somebody’s suffering It was a very distressing documentary. What could be more distressing than the death of their only child? The divorce was extremely distressing for the children.
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