Distressing and Sad

Distressing

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

Sad is a synonym for distressing in deplorable topic. In some cases you can use "Sad" instead an adjective "Distressing", when it comes to topics like upsetting, unfortunate, lamentable, sorrowful. popular alternative
Nearby Words: distress, distressed, distressingly, distressful
Synonyms for Distressing

Sad

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Sad adjective – Causing unhappiness.
Usage example: the sad news about our uncle's death made my father cry

Distressing is a synonym for sad in deplorable topic. You can use "Distressing" instead an adjective "Sad", if it concerns topics such as unfortunate, lamentable, sorrowful, tragic. popular alternative
Nearby Words: sadness, sadly
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Things that words describes

part distressing part sad part
scene distressing scene sad scene
incident distressing incident sad incident
situation distressing situation sad situation
Other nouns: case, way, theme, music, joke, past, news, memory, events, thoughts, lyrics, examples, scenes, endings.
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