1. [ adjective ] causing distress or worry or anxiety
Synonyms: disturbing troubling perturbing worrisome worrying distressful

"distressing (or disturbing) news" "lived in heroic if distressful isolation" "a revelation that was most perturbing" "a new and troubling thought" "a worrisome predicament" "a worrying time"

Related terms: heavy
2. [ adjective ] bad; unfortunate
Synonyms: deplorable sorry sad pitiful lamentable

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

Related terms: bad
Similar spelling:   distressingly