distressfulness distressfulness n. the quality of causing mental anguish.

Syn: seriousness. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

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  • distressfulness — noun see distressful …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • distressfulness — See distressfully. * * * …   Universalium

  • distressfulness — noun The state or quality of being distressful; the state of having or causing anxiety or strain …   Wiktionary

  • distressfulness — n. quality of posing problems, quality of being burdensome …   English contemporary dictionary

  • distressfulness — dis·tress·ful·ness …   English syllables

  • distressfulness — noun the quality of arousing fear or distress he learned the seriousness of his illness • Syn: ↑seriousness • Derivationally related forms: ↑distressful, ↑serious (for: ↑seriousness) …   Useful english dictionary

  • seriousness — noun 1. an earnest and sincere feeling (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑earnestness, ↑sincerity • Derivationally related forms: ↑sincere (for: ↑sincerity), ↑earnest …   Useful english dictionary

  • distressful — adjective Date: 1591 causing distress ; full of distress • distressfully adverb • distressfulness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • distressful — distressfully, adv. distressfulness, n. /di stres feuhl/, adj. 1. causing or involving distress: the distressful circumstances of poverty and sickness. 2. full of, feeling, or indicating distress: a distressful cry. [1585 95; DISTRESS + FUL] * *… …   Universalium

  • bitterness — Synonyms and related words: absolute zero, acerbity, aching heart, acid, acidity, acidness, acidulousness, acridity, acridness, acrimony, agony, agony of mind, algidity, anguish, animosity, animus, antagonism, apologies, asperity, astringence,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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