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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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distressing

    of Distress

  2. Distressingadjective

    causing distress; painful; unpleasant

  3. Distressingadverb

    in a distressing manner

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  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. Paul Ryan:

    You would think we ought to be focusing on Hillary Clinton, on all of her deficiencies. She is such a weak candidate that one would think we'd be on offense against Hillary Clinton, and it is distressing that that's not what we're talking about these days.

  2. Jeremy Tam:

    It’s been very distressing to this relentless onslaught on Hong Kong’s freedoms and back-tracking on the commitment that was made to preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy.

  3. Todd Humphreys:

    The distressing truth is that even consumer-grade drones can be rigged to carry out potent attacks.

  4. Katie Couric:

    The whole thing has been very painful for me, the accounts I’ve read and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it’s completely unacceptable that any woman at the‘Today’show experienced this kind of treatment.

  5. Leana Wen:

    And now we know that this mixed messaging is not just wrong, it's deliberately misleading. And that's extremely distressing, i think about all of the patients I've treated who have lost their lives or who have recovered but have long-term effects because of Covid-19.

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