distressful [di stres′fəl]
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The definition of distressful is something that causes pain, unhappiness, anxiety or fear.
News of a serious illness is an example of something that would bedistressful.
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- causing distress; painful; grievous
- feeling, expressing, or full of distress
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Causing or experiencing distress.