Etymology
Advertisement

distressful (adj.)

1590s, "inflicting or bringing distress," from distress + -ful. From c. 1600 as "indicating distress." Related: Distressfully; distressfulness.

updated on September 08, 2018

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of distressful from WordNet

distressful (adj.)
causing distress or worry or anxiety;
lived in heroic if something distressful isolation
Synonyms: distressing / disturbing / perturbing / troubling / worrisome / worrying
From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.