distressing

482 synonyms found

Pronunciation:

[dɪstɹˈɛsɪŋ], [dɪstɹˈɛsɪŋ], [d_ɪ_s_t_ɹ_ˈɛ_s_ɪ_ŋ]
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Synonyms for Distressing:

punishing (adjective)

burdensome, chastening, confining, crucifying, disciplining, imprisoning, incarcerating, penalizing, persecuting, punishing, tortuous.

paining (verb)

aching, afflicting, agonizing, anguishing, chafing, cramping, discomforting, hurting, inflaming, irritating, paining, racking, smarting, stinging, stitching, suffering, throbbing, tormenting, torturing, wrenching.

punishing (verb)

avenging, burdening, castigating, chastising, correcting, executing, fining, judging, keelhauling, lambasting, pillorying, reprising, sentencing, trying.

Other synonyms and related words:

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:

  1. guessing, pressing, lessing, blessing, dressing, messing, stressing;
  2. expressing, professing, recessing, assessing, oppressing, impressing, caressing, compressing, progressing, repressing, confessing, digressing, possessing, addressing, suppressing, redressing, depressing;
  3. coalescing, acquiescing;

Quotes for Distressing:

  1. That was one of the big problems when I was at Harvard studying music. We had to write choral pieces in the style of Brahms or Mendelssohn, which was distressing because in the end you realized how good Brahms is, and how bad you are. Elliott Carter.
  2. In spite of certain distressing but isolated occurrences in the last battle, I certainly hoped that the Army would be in a position to continue to hold out. Paul von Hindenburg.
  3. It is very distressing that anyone would look at these matters from a political viewpoint. Core beliefs about when life begins and ends are far too important for any such calculations. Mac Thornberry.