From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]:
Distressful \Dis*tress"ful\, adjective Full of distress; causing, indicating, or attended with, distress; as, a distressful situation. ''Some distressful stroke.'' --Shak. ''Distressful cries.'' --Pope.
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
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