Thesaurus

distressing

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of distressing

  1. 1 causing worry or anxiety distressing signs that another war might be imminent Synonyms of distressing discomforting, discomposing, disquieting, troublesome, disturbing, nagging, nasty, perturbing, troubling, troublous, unsettling, upsetting, worrisomeWords Related to distressing daunting, demoralizing, discomfiting, disconcerting, discouraging, disheartening, dismaying, dispiriting; chilling, frightening, scary; harassing, persecutive, persecutory; alarming, dire, direful, dread, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, forbidding, formidable, frightening, frightful, ghastly, hair-raising, horrendous, horrible, horrifying, intimidating, scary, shocking, terrible, terrifyingNear Antonyms of distressing calming, quieting, settling, soothing; comforting, consoling, dreamy, inviting, lulling, narcotic, pacifying, relaxing, sedative, tranquilizing (also tranquillizing)Antonyms of distressing reassuring

  2. 2 of a kind to cause great distress the distressing death of our favorite actor Synonyms of distressing deplorable, distressful, regrettable, grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending, lamentable, tragic (also tragical), unfortunate, unlucky, woefulWords Related to distressing troublesome, vexatious; affecting, doleful, moving, piteous, poignant, ruthful, touching; awful, dire, dreadful, fearful, severe, terrible; alarming, disturbing, perturbing, traumatic, unsettling; crushing, excruciating, harrowing, horrible, horrifying, intolerable, overwhelming, shocking, sickening, unbearable; miserable, pitiful, sad, wretched; calamitous, disastrous; painful, raging, sharpNear Antonyms of distressing gratifying, pleasing, rewarding, satisfying; comforting, encouraging, heartening; cheering, heartwarming, inspiring; fortunate, happy, lucky

  3. 3 marked by or causing agitation or uncomfortable feelings the distressing habit of constantly fiddling with her hair Synonyms of distressing agitating, anxious, creepy, disquieting, distressful, nervous, disturbing, fraught, hairy, nail-biting, nerve-racking (or nerve-wracking), restless, tense, uneasy, unnerving, unsettling, worrisomeWords Related to distressing bothersome, troublesome; foreboding, misgiving; discouraging, disheartening, strained; restive, restless, unrestful; awkward, embarrassingNear Antonyms of distressing restful; pacificAntonyms of distressing calming, comfortable, easy, peaceful, quiet, quieting, tranquil



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