Usage examples for distressful

  1. Rhoda looked at him with distressful eagerness. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. When he thought he could do so unobserved, he glanced at the clock whose fingers now moved with a distressful rapidity, knowing that his chance would be gone if the bob- sled arrived before the cold grew too great for his jailer. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  3. Then I knew what a distressful business was to be faced, and that it was vain to cry " Stop!" – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  4. A most distressful accident occasioned You from a stranger to become at once My confidant. – The Death of Wallenstein A Play by Frederich Schiller
  5. Olga looked at him in distressful wonder and suspense. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  6. And I do not know that I can pay any greater compliment to the people of that distressful province than by setting down this fact. – The Charm of Ireland by Burton Egbert Stevenson
  7. I am astonished that you did not seem to notice what a distressful time I was having. – Equality by Edward Bellamy
  8. And so now as he dwelt on what was probably awaiting him at the end of this distressful drive - John, who saw things little, remembered them less, and could not have described them at all, beheld in his mind's- eye the garden of the Lodge, detailed as in a map; he went to and fro in it, feeding his terrors; he saw the hollies, the snowy borders, the paths where he had sought Alan, the high, conventual walls, the shut door - what! – Tales-and-Fantasies by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  9. She made a movement of the head, an effort to show reproving dignity, while in fact taken by surprise, her nerves in distressful panic, she had scarce the power to control herself, none to control him. – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall