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"Upsetting" is an adjective which is often translated as "triste", and "traumatic" is an adjective which is often translated as "traumático". Learn more about the difference between "upsetting" and "traumatic" below.
upsetting(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (distressing)
a. triste
Magda received the upsetting news today that her mother died of a heart attack.Magda recibió hoy la triste noticia de que su mamá falleció de un infarto.
b. terrible
Her husband's past must have been a very upsetting discovery for her.El pasado de su marido debe de haber sido un descubrimiento terrible para ella.
c. sobrecogedor
The images of the starving children in the war zone are tremendously upsetting.Las imágenes de los niños hambrientos en la zona bélica son enormemente sobrecogedoras.
d. horrible
Noticing that the apple I was eating was full of worms was an upsetting experience.Darme cuenta de que la manzana que comía estaba repleta de gusanos fue una experiencia horrible.
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This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I found it very upsetting that my father wouldn't come to my wedding.Me disgustó mucho que mi padre no quisiera venir a mi boda.
It was very upsetting for my children to move from one city to another.A mis hijos les afectó mucho mudarse de una ciudad a otra.
2. (annoying)
a. molesto
I love the morning ritual of making coffee. Waking up to no water was very upsetting for me.Me encanta el ritual mañanero de preparar el café. Despertarme sin agua me resultó muy molesto.
3. (insulting)
a. ofensivo
I found his comment about colonialism to be deeply upsetting.Su comentario sobre el colonialismo me pareció sumamente ofensivo.
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traumatic(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. traumático
Peter suffered a traumatic accident. A car ran into him while he was riding his bike.Peter sufrió un accidente traumático. Un coche chocó con él mientras andaba en bicicleta.
b. traumatizante
The kidnapping was so traumatic for Jen that she's repressed many of the memories of the event.El secuestro fue tan traumatizante para Jen que ha reprimido muchos de los recuerdos del suceso.
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