Distressfully

distressful

[dih-stres-fuhl]
adjective
1.
causing or involving distress: the distressful circumstances of poverty and sickness.
2.
full of, feeling, or indicating distress: a distressful cry.

Origin:
1585–95; distress + -ful

distressfully, adverb
distressfulness, noun
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distress (dɪˈstrɛs)
 
vb
1.  to cause mental pain to; upset badly
2.  (usually passive) to subject to financial or other trouble
3.  to damage (esp furniture), as by scratching or denting it, in order to make it appear older than it is
4.  law a less common word for distrain
5.  archaic to compel
 
n
6.  mental pain; anguish
7.  the act of distressing or the state of being distressed
8.  physical or financial trouble
9.  in distress (of a ship, aircraft, etc) in dire need of help
10.  law
 a.  the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of or in satisfaction of a debt, claim, etc; distraint
 b.  the property thus seized
 c.  (US) (as modifier): distress merchandise
 
[C13: from Old French destresse distress, via Vulgar Latin, from Latin districtus divided in mind; see distrain]
 
dis'tressful
 
adj
 
dis'tressfully
 
adv
 
dis'tressfulness
 
n
 
dis'tressing
 
adj, —n
 
dis'tressingly
 
adv

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