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Adjective
Upsetting, or causing anxiety, sorrow or pain
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“King later apologized for writing the novel, saying he penned it during a distressing period in his life and wished it had never been published.”
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Causing worry, distress or anxiety
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Characterized by, or tending to cause, agitation or anxiety
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Causing a feeling of surprise, fear or dismay
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Causing embarrassment or unease
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In urgent need of immediate attention
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Upset and angry
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To be irritating or upsetting, typically with repeated or unpleasant acts
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Present participle for to cause significant upset to (someone)
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“He had done everything possible to distress her, including his confession of love for her.”
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Present participle for to give an appearance of age to, especially a new object
“I hereby grant you permission to distress that table, to paint it pink and stencil flowers around the edge if that pleases you.”
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Present participle for to influence, usually emotionally
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Distraining
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Present participle for live in a frugal way
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Present participle for to complain or express discontent in a wearisome manner
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Present participle for to wear away or cause damage through applied friction
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