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 for distressing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Distress \Dis*tress"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distressed; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Distressing.] [Cf. OF. destrecier. See Distress,
     n.]
     1. To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with
        calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable.
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              We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed.
                                                    --2 Cor. iv.
                                                    8.
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     2. To compel by pain or suffering.
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              Men who can neither be distressed nor won into a
              sacrifice of duty.                    --A. Hamilton.
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     3. (Law) To seize for debt; to distrain.
  
     Syn: To pain; grieve; harass; trouble; perplex; afflict;
          worry; annoy.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  distressing \dis*tress"ing\ (d[i^]s*tr[e^]s"[i^]ng), a.
     Causing distress; painful; unpleasant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Distressing \Dis*tress"ing\, adv.
     In a distressing manner.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  distressing
      adj 1: 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"
             [syn: distressing, distressful, disturbing,
             perturbing, troubling, worrisome, worrying]
      2: bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state";
         "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a
         sorry state of affairs" [syn: deplorable, distressing,
         lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  118 Moby Thesaurus words for "distressing":
     acute, affecting, afflictive, agonizing, annoying, atrocious,
     baleful, baneful, biting, bitter, bleak, bothersome, calamitous,
     chafing, cheerless, comfortless, corroding, corrosive, corrupting,
     corruptive, counterproductive, cramping, cruel, damaging, deadly,
     deleterious, deplorable, depressing, depressive, detrimental, dire,
     disadvantageous, discomforting, dismal, dismaying, disquieting,
     disserviceable, distressful, disturbing, dolorific, dolorogenic,
     dolorous, dreary, excruciating, fretting, gnawing, grave, grievous,
     griping, harassing, hard, harmful, harrowing, harsh, heartbreaking,
     hurtful, hurting, injurious, joyless, lamentable, lethal, malefic,
     malevolent, malign, malignant, mischievous, mournful, moving,
     noisome, noxious, ominous, painful, paroxysmal, pathetic,
     pernicious, piercing, piteous, pitiable, plaguing, poignant,
     poisonous, prejudicial, pungent, racking, regrettable, rueful, sad,
     saddening, scatheful, severe, sharp, shooting, sore, sorrowful,
     spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, stabbing, stinging, tormenting,
     torturous, touching, toxic, troublesome, uncomfortable,
     unfortunate, upsetting, venenate, veneniferous, venenous, venomous,
     vicious, virulent, woebegone, woeful, worrisome, worrying,
     wretched
  
  

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