Definition of distressful in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈstrɛsfʊl//dɪˈstrɛsf(ə)l/


  • See distress

    • ‘No one's life is free of distressful experiences and trauma.’
    • ‘So there I was at The Commercial, the venerable Blues on Whyte, drinking a rum and coke and contemplating a distressful situation.’
    • ‘In this stage, the patient uses the distressful affect to change the relevant contingencies.’
    • ‘It features some heart-warming stories and photographs of animals rescued from distressful conditions and given a new lease of life.’
    • ‘Why should we make someone lead a painful and distressful life?’