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distressing

adjective uk   /dɪˈstres.ɪŋ/ ( US also distressful) us  
B2 upsetting or worrying: The news reports about the famine were very distressing. It was deeply distressing for him to see his wife in such pain.
distressingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Translations of “distressing”
in Chinese (Traditional) 令人苦惱的, 令人擔憂的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 令人苦恼的, 令人担忧的…
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