- distressing, distressful, disturbing, perturbing, troubling, worrisome, worrying - causing distress or worry or anxiety; "distressing (or disturbing) news"; "lived in heroic if something distressful isolation"; "a disturbing amount of crime"; "a revelation that was most perturbing"; "a new and troubling thought"; "in a particularly worrisome predicament"; "a worrying situation"; "a worrying time"
Antonym: light (indirect, via heavy)
- deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry - bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs"
Antonym: good (indirect, via bad)
- distress - cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"
--1 is one way to disturb, upset, trouble
Derived form: noun distress1
The bad news will distress him