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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distressing, distressful, disturbing, perturbing, troubling, worrisome, worryingadjective

    causing distress or worry or anxiety

    "distressing (or disturbing) news"; "lived in heroic if something distressful isolation"; "a disturbing amount of crime"; "a revelation that was most perturbing"; "a new and troubling thought"; "in a particularly worrisome predicament"; "a worrying situation"; "a worrying time"

  2. deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorryadjective

    bad; unfortunate

    "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs"

Wiktionary

  1. distressingadjective

    Causing distress; upsetting

Wikipedia

  1. Distressing

    Distressing (or weathered look) in the decorative arts is the activity of making a piece of furniture or object appear aged and older, giving it a "weathered look". There are many methods to produce an appearance of age and wear. Distressing is viewed as a refinishing technique although it is the opposite of finishing in a traditional sense. In distressing, the object's finish is intentionally destroyed or manipulated to look less than perfect, such as with sandpaper or paint stripper. For example, the artisan often removes some but not all of the paint, leaving proof of several layers of paint speckled over wood grain underneath. This becomes the "finished" piece. Distressing has become a popular design style and decorative art form. The artisan attempts a rustic, attractive, one-of-a-kind appearance or vintage look. The final appearance is often called the patina.Distressing can be applied to a variety of surfaces and materials such as wood, glass, metal, plastic, stone, concrete, plaster, and paint. Solid pine furniture in particular is one of the most ideal furniture types to apply distressing to. The Shabby chic style has made both distressing and antiquing popular. The technique is sometimes applied to electric guitars, where it is referred to as relicing.

ChatGPT

  1. distressing

    Distressing refers to something causing anxiety, sorrow, discomfort or pain. It's often used to describe intense emotional or psychological strain and suffering. It can also refer to making certain objects appear aged and worn as in the case of art, design or fashion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distressing

    of Distress

  2. Distressingadjective

    causing distress; painful; unpleasant

  3. Distressingadverb

    in a distressing manner

Wikidata

  1. Distressing

    Distressing in the decorative arts is the activity of making a piece of furniture or object appear aged and older, giving it a "weathered look," and there are many methods to produce an appearance of age and wear. Distressing is viewed as a refinishing technique although it is the opposite of finishing in a traditional sense. In distressing, the object's finish is intentionally destroyed or manipulated to look less than perfect, such as with sandpaper or paint stripper. For example, the artisan often removes some but not all of the paint, leaving proof of several layers of paint speckled over wood grain underneath. This becomes the "finished" piece. Distressing has become a popular design style and decorative art form. The artisan attempts a rustic, attractive, one-of-a-kind appearance or vintage look. The final appearance is often called the patina. Distressing can be applied to a variety of surfaces and materials such as wood, glass, metal, plastic, stone, concrete, plaster, and paint. Solid pine furniture in particular is one of the most ideal furniture types to apply distressing to. The Shabby chic style has made both distressing and antiquing popular. The technique is sometimes applied to electric guitars, where it is referred to as 'Relicing'.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distressing in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distressing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of distressing in a Sentence

  1. Hillary Clinton:

    It’s a very personally painful accusation, having it continued to be bandied around is deeply distressing to me. I would imagine that I’ve thought more about what happened than all of you put together.

  2. Tal Ben-Shahar:

    One of the best ways to deal with the depressing and demoralizing impact of the constant barrage of bad news is distraction. We are not burying our head in the sand when we engage in activities that take us away from an otherwise distressing situation.

  3. Rhea Boyd:

    Providing a controlled space to understand what is going on and ways to process it will help children navigate the distressing emotions, helplessness and fear they may be experiencing.

  4. Adam Leventhal:

    ADHD's been linked with substance use disorders during adulthood and even involvement in the criminal justice system, and the symptoms are distressing for the person affected, if we can identify any potential risk factor that is implicated in this disorder then that's important, especially ones that are modifiable like digital media use.

  5. Republican Senator Mike Lee:

    What I found so distressing about that briefing was that one of the messages we received from the briefers was do not debate, do not discuss the issue of the appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran and that if you do, you will be emboldening Iran.

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