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EtymologyEdit

distressing +‎ -ly

AdverbEdit

distressingly (comparative more distressingly, superlative most distressingly)

  1. In a distressing manner; so as to cause distress.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. [] Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion—or rather as a transition from the subject that started their conversation—such talk had been distressingly out of place.