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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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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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. desagradable
upsetting [ʌpˈsetɪŋ]
(distressing) [+experience, incident] terrible; [+image] sobrecogedor; (saddening) triste; (offending) [+language, remark] ofensivo; (annoying) fastidioso; molesto
problems that we would normally take in our stride become enormously upsetting when we are depressed reporting a rape can still almost be as upsetting as the rape itself the upsetting images of starving children that we see on our television screens Chapter 3 describes more specific ways to handle upsetting feelings that occur as you let go of your old ways of eating exercising helps her work off the upsetting feelings that build up in her stressful job just talking about it may relieve some of the upsetting feelings you have about your mother it was pretty upsetting to see him leave the hall after conceding defeat in the election some people may find such language upsetting
the whole incident was very upsetting for me todo el incidente me afectó or disgustó mucho; it is upsetting for him to talk about it lo pasa mal or se pone mal al hablar de ello; parts of the film may be upsetting to some viewers algunas partes de la película pueden resultarles sobrecogedoras a algunos espectadores
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