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Synonyms for distressful

Synonyms for distressful

causing distress or worry or anxiety

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Hat in hand, the old man lifted his head, and looked distressfully at Fledgeby as seeking to know what new moral burden he was to bear.
They were afraid of my finding out the truth,' exclaimed Miss Mowcher, getting off the fender, and trotting up and down the kitchen with her two short arms distressfully lifted up, 'because I am a sharp little thing - I need be, to get through the world at all
George, who has turned quite white and looks distressfully at the grey cloak and straw bonnet.
Distressfully for me, Kariuki turned out to be the sort of person who wants no detail left out anywhere.
My instructor was good old Ghulam Dastgir, who was more family than a member of the domestic staff and without who, we felt distressfully stranded.