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To make someone feel sad or upset - thesaurus

Synonyms

upset

verb

to make someone feel sad, worried, or angry

wound

verb

to hurt someone’s feelings by doing or saying something unpleasant

disturb

verb

to upset and worry someone a lot

depress

verb

if something depresses you, it makes you feel unhappy and disappointed, and makes you want to stop trying to achieve things

distress

verb

to make someone feel very unhappy, worried, or upset

devastate

verb

to make someone feel very shocked and upset

dismay

verb

to make someone very worried, disappointed, or sad

stab

verb

if someone’s words stab you, they make you feel suddenly very sad or afraid

worry

verb

to make someone feel nervous and upset

hang over

if something hangs over you, you worry about it or feel upset about it

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agitate

verb

to make someone worried or upset

assail

verb

to make someone feel worried or upset

bother

verb

to make someone feel worried or upset

break someone’s heart

to upset someone very much, especially by letting them know that you do not love them. You can also say that someone’s heart breaks or that they have a broken heart

break someone’s heart

spoken used for saying that something upsets someone very much

bring someone back down to earth (with a bump)

to make someone suddenly remember the real situation or things that they have to do, after they have been so happy or excited that they forgot

burst someone’s bubble

to end someone’s happiness by making them realize what is happening

crush

verb

to make someone feel disappointed, embarrassed, or upset

disgust

verb

if something disgusts you, it is so bad or immoral that it makes you angry and upset

drag down

to make someone feel unhappy or less hopeful

drive someone mad

to make someone feel extremely angry or upset

eat away at

to make someone feel more and more unhappy or worried

excite

verb

to make someone feel lively, nervous, or upset

faze

verb

informal to make someone feel confused, shocked, or upset

get down

informal to make someone feel sad or lose hope

get to

to annoy or upset someone

gnaw at

if something gnaws at you, you keep worrying about it or feeling upset about it

grieve

verb

formal to upset someone

haunt

verb

to make someone feel worried and upset for a long time

hurt

verb

to cause someone emotional pain

kick someone in the teeth

to upset someone, or to make them feel disappointed, especially when they are trying hard to achieve something

knock out

informal to make someone feel very shocked or upset

knock someone for six/knock someone sideways

to make someone feel very shocked or upset

knock the stuffing out of someone

to make someone physically or mentally weak

lie heavy on someone

to make someone feel unhappy

mess with someone’s head

very informal to seriously upset someone or make them confused

move

verb

to affect someone emotionally, especially by making them feel sad and serious

nauseate

verb

to make someone feel upset

oppress

verb

to make someone feel very worried or unhappy

overcloud

verb

mainly literary to spoil an event by making everyone sad or worried

pain

verb

to make someone feel very upset or unhappy

ruffle

verb

to make someone feel upset

sadden

verb

formal to make someone feel sad

screw up

informal to make someone feel so upset or confused that their whole personality is affected, often permanently

sting

verb

to make someone feel angry and upset

stir

verb

to make someone feel upset or angry

tear apart

to make someone feel very sad, upset, or worried

tear someone’s heart out/tear at someone’s heart

to make someone feel very sad or upset

tear up

to make someone feel very unhappy or upset

tip someone over the edge/brink

to make someone feel so unhappy that they cannot deal with their life or a situation any longer

torture

verb

to make someone feel extremely worried or upset about something

touch a nerve

to upset someone, or to make them angry

touch/hit a raw nerve

to upset someone by referring to something that they are sensitive about

traumatise

a British spelling of traumatize

traumatize

verb

to make someone feel very upset, afraid, or shocked

unhinge

verb

to make someone upset or mentally ill

unsettle

verb

to make someone feel nervous, confused, or upset

wind up

informal to make someone angry or upset

wipe the smile/grin off someone’s face

to stop someone who is annoying you from feeling so happy or pleased

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