Synonyms for Distressing:punishing (adjective)
aching, afflicting, agonizing, anguishing, chafing, cramping, discomforting, hurting, inflaming, irritating, paining, racking, smarting, stinging, stitching, suffering, throbbing, tormenting, torturing, wrenching.punishing (verb)
Dissatisfying, Lacerating, Pinching, Star-crossed, abhorrent, abominable, abusive, achy, acute, affecting, affliction, afflictive, aggravating, aggrieved, agitate, agitating, agonising, ailing, alarming, alarmist, angering, anguish, anguished, annoy, annoying, antiquing, anxious, appalling, artificial ageing, atrocious, austere, awful, awkward, bad, baleful, baneful, basin, beastly, biting, bitter, black, blackness, bleak, blue, blues, bother, bothering, bothersome, brisk, brooding, brutal, burning, calamitous, calamity, catastrophe, catastrophic, cavity, challenging, cheerless, chilling, chronic, climacteric, comfortless, concerning, condemnable, consuming, continual, continuous, contrite, corroding, corrosive, corrupting, corruptive, counterproductive, creepy, criminal, cruel, cruel and unusual, crushing, cumbersome, damaging, dark, darkness, daunting, deadly, deep, dejected, dejection, deleterious, demanding, demoralizing, deplorable, depressed, depressing, depression, depressive, derange, desolation, desperate, despicable, despondency, detrimental, devastating, difficult, dingy, dip, dire, disadvantageous, disagreeable, disarrange, disaster, disastrous, discomfiting, discompose, discomposing, disconcert, disconcerting, disconsolate, discouraging, disgusting, disheartening, dismal, dismaying, dispiriting, displace, disquieting, disrupt, disruptive, dissatisfactory, disserviceable, distract, distress, distressed, distressful, distressingly, disturb, disturbing, doleful, dolor, dolorific, dolorogenic, dolorous, down, downhearted, drab, drastic, dreadful, dreary, embarrass, embarrassing, embroil, emotional, enraging, exasperating, excruciating, execrable, exhausting, exquisite, extreme, fatiguing, fearful, fearing, fearsome, fierce, fine, forlorn, formidable, foul, fraught, fretful, fretting, frightening, frightful, frustrating, full of worries, funereal, galling, ghastly, gloom, gloominess, glooming, gloomy, gnawing, good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, grave, grief, grieving, grievous, grim, griping, hair-raising, hapless, harass, harassing, hard, harmful, harrowing, harsh, hate, heart-breaking, heart-rending, heartbreaking, heartbroken, heartfelt, heartrending, heavy, hideous, hole, hopeless, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrifying, humiliating, hurtful, ill, ill-fated, ill-omened, ill-starred, inauspicious, incensing, incisive, infuriating, injurious, insufferable, intense, interrupt, intimidating, intolerable, intrusive, irksome, joyless, keen, lachrymose, lacking, lamentable, lethal, loathsome, lousy, lugubrious, maddening, malefic, malevolent, malign, malignant, mattering, melancholy, merciless, meritless, mischievous, miserable, misfortunate, misfortuning, monstrous, morose, mortifying, mournful, moving, nagging, nasty, nauseating, nauseous, needing, nerve-racking, nerve-wracking, nervous, nettlesome, niggling, no-count, nociceptive, noisome, not reassuring, noxious, off-putting, offending, offensive, ominous, onerous, oppressive, outrageous, overpowering, overwhelming, painful, painfully, paroxysmal, pathetic, penetrating, pernicious, persistent, perturb, perturbing, pesky, pester, pestering, pestiferous, petrifying, piercing, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, pitifully, pitying, plaguing, plaintive, poignant, poisonous, poor, prejudicial, pressuring, profound, provocative, pungent, punitive, raw, recurring, regretful, regrettable, relentless, remorseful, reprehensible, repressive, repulsive, restless, revolting, rotten, rough, rueful, ruffle, ruinous, ruthful, sad, saddening, sadly, scandalous, scary, scatheful, scathing, sensitive, serious, severe, shameful, shaming, sharp, shocking, shooting, sickening, sobering, sombre, sore, sorrowful, sorrowing, sorry, soul-stirring, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, spooky, stabbing, startling, stiff, stir, stirring, strained, straining, stressful, stressing, strong, taut, taxing, tearful, tender, tense, terrible, terrifying, tight, tiresome, tiring, toilsome, too bad, tormented, tortured, torturous, touching, touchy, tough, toxic, tragedy, tragic, tragical, traumatic, traumatizing, trialing, troublesome, troubling, troublous, tyrannical, unbearable, uncomfortable, uneasy, unendurable, unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky, unnerving, unpleasant, unpleasantly, unreassuring, unrelenting, unsatisfactory, unsettle, unsettling, unspeakable, upset, upsetting, venenate, veneniferous, venenous, venomous, vexatious, vexing, vicious, vile, virulent, wanting, wearisome, weighty, wicked, without merit, woebegone, woeful, worrisome, worrying, worryingly, wounding, wretched, wrong.
Rhymes for Distressing:
- guessing, pressing, lessing, blessing, dressing, messing, stressing;
- expressing, professing, recessing, assessing, oppressing, impressing, caressing, compressing, progressing, repressing, confessing, digressing, possessing, addressing, suppressing, redressing, depressing;
- coalescing, acquiescing;