Usage examples for distressing

  1. And, for the first time, the unhappy girl burst into a passion of tears, and sobbed so long and violently that Mrs. Marchmont had a distressing consciousness that her worldly wisdom was not equal to this case at all. – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  2. It doesn't occur to him in his kindness that it would be much more distressing if the Germans came into Ghent and interrupted the operation. – A Journal of Impressions in Belgium by May Sinclair
  3. Oh, it isn't distressing – The Turmoil A Novel by Booth Tarkington
  4. And even if it were proved and Agnes cleared her character, the necessary scandal connected with the publicity of such a defence would be both distressing and painful. – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  5. He is of noble family, very wealthy, no fortune- hunter; which has made it all the more distressing for him and us." – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  6. And then another distressing thought occurred to me. – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  7. The day after that distressing interview with his mother, he went gaily round to Mrs. Richie's to pound David on the back, and say " Congratulations, old fellow! – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  8. Carl drove over once with his bride- elect, and they all sat stiffly in the front room for one distressing hour; then they left, never to come again. – Rose of Dutcher's Coolly by Hamlin Garland
  9. They had been already aware that old Bill was to be parted from them, and this had caused them a painful feeling; but to be themselves separated, perhaps never to meet again, was a thought still more distressing – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  10. You're not hurting me; but you're hurting and distressing your mother. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  11. Even when the session opened, Lord North declared that he did not know what remedy to apply to a disease of the cause of which he was ignorant; and ministry not being then entirely resolved how far they should submit to your energy, they, by anticipation, set the above author or some of his associates to fill the newspapers with invectives against us, as distressing the minister by extravagant demands in favor of Ireland. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  12. She had had the most distressing dream, she said, connected with Richard and Bethel, and somebody else, whom she appeared to know in the dream, but could not recognize or remember when she was awake. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  13. 279. Fear, distressing symptoms of, ii. – Himalayan Journals V2. by J. D. Hooker
  14. But for the shade afforded by the leaves, they would have felt it very distressing – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  15. " It is very distressing to me to have to act in this way," whispered he to his young friend, whose countenance betrayed considerable astonishment; but it is the custom of the house; and, after all, there is no great harm in it. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  16. Our condition was distressing – American Prisoners of the Revolution by Danske Dandridge
  17. It was very evident that the subject was distressing to the girl. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young
  18. It is a prolonged process, and rather distressing I should judge." – The Boy Scouts on a Submarine by Captain John Blaine
  19. But here there was neither: the girl shrank from him instinctively, and seemed possessed by nothing but dumb, helpless fear that was distressing to him. – Six Women by Victoria Cross
  20. It is no doubt very distressing to you. – The Rome Express by Arthur Griffiths