Synonyms of distressing in English:

distressing


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adjective

1‘it was distressing to hear her talking like that’

SYNONYMS
upsetting, worrying, affecting, painful, traumatic, agonizing, harrowing, tormenting
sad, saddening, pitiful, heartbreaking, heart-rending, tragic, haunting
disturbing, concerning, unsettling, disquieting
shocking, alarming
informal gut-wrenching
rare distressful
ANTONYMS

comforting