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Dictionary definition for: Distressing

1. (s) 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 worr

2. (s) bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state" "a lamentable decision" "her clothes were in sad shape" "a sorry state of affairs"

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