Distressing and Heartbreaking

Distressing

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Distressing adjective – Of a kind to cause great distress.
Usage example: the distressing death of our favorite actor

Heartbreaking is a synonym for distressing in sad topic. In some cases you can use "Heartbreaking" instead an adjective "Distressing".
Nearby Words: distress, distressed, distressingly, distressful
Synonyms for Distressing

Heartbreaking

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Heartbreaking adjective – Causing unhappiness.
Usage example: a heartbreaking story of a family torn asunder by war

Distressing is a synonym for heartbreaking in sad topic. You can use "Distressing" instead an adjective "Heartbreaking", if it concerns topics such as disappointing.
Synonyms for Heartbreaking

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part distressing part heartbreaking part
detail distressing detail heartbreaking detail
scene distressing scene heartbreaking scene
degree distressing degree heartbreaking degree
Other nouns: effect, case, way, revelation, news, events, examples, scenes.
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