Definitions for Distressdɪˈstrɛs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
acute anxiety, pain, or sorrow.
anything that causes anxiety, pain, or sorrow.
a state of extreme necessity, trouble, or misfortune.
the state of a ship or airplane requiring immediate assistance, as when on fire in transit.
the legal seizure and detention of another's goods as security for debt, etc.; a distraint.
(v.t.)to afflict with pain, anxiety, or sorrow; trouble; worry.
to subject to pressure or strain:
to be distressed by excessive work.
to compel by pain or force of circumstances.
to scratch or stain (furniture, wood, etc.) so as to give an appearance of age.
Origin of distress:
1250–1300; ME destresse < AF distresse, destresse, OF 蠐 L district(us) (see district )
distress, hurt, suffering(noun)
"the death of his wife caused him great distress"
a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
"a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"
extreme physical pain
"the patient appeared to be in distress"
the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
"Originally distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien"
bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship
cause mental pain to
"The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
anxiety or worry
The newspaper apologized for causing distress to its readers.; a confused old woman in distress
trouble or danger
distress signals; a ship in distress
We didn't tell her because we didn't want to distress her.
(Cause of) discomfort.
A seizing of property without legal process to force payment of a debt.
To cause strain or anxiety to someone.
To retain someoneu2019s property against the payment of a debt; to distrain.
To treat an object, such as an antique, to give it an appearance of age.
She distressed the new media cabinet so that it fit with the other furniture in the room.
extreme pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer distress from the gout, or from the loss of friends
that which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery
a state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc
the act of distraining; the taking of a personal chattel out of the possession of a wrongdoer, by way of pledge for redress of an injury, or for the performance of a duty, as for nonpayment of rent or taxes, or for injury done by cattle, etc
the thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction
to cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable
to compel by pain or suffering
to seize for debt; to distrain
Translations for Distress
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
great sorrow, trouble or pain
She was in great distress over his disappearance; Is your leg causing you any distress?; The loss of all their money left the family in acute distress.
- droefheid, nood, ellende, rampspoedAfrikaans
- كَرَب، حُزْن، غَمArabic
- sofrimentoPortuguese (BR)
- úzkost; bolest; bídaCzech
- die QualGerman
- sorg; bekymring; smerte; nødDanish
- θλίψη, πόνος, οδύνηGreek
- ahastus, hädaEstonian
- درماندگی؛ رنجFarsi
- צָעַר, סֶבֶל, כְּאֵבHebrew
- दु:ख, व्यथाHindi
- jad, nevoljaCroatian
- gyötrelem, aggodalomHungarian
- kvöl, þjáning, neyðIcelandic
- bēdas; ciešanas; postsLatvian
- leed, pijnDutch
- fortvilelse, bedrøvelse, smerteNorwegian
- zmartwienie, cierpieniePolish
- درماندگی؛ رنجPersian
- غم، زړتنګى، لاس تنګى، نيستى (دپيسو) غريبى: ناروغى، خوږ، دخطر حالت: مصيبت. (حق) ګروPashto
- огорчение; гореRussian
- starosť; ťažkosťSlovak
- velikažalost; stiskaSlovenian
- bedrövelse, smärta, trångmålSwedish
- ความเศร้าโศก; ความยุ่งยากThai
- acı, ıstırapTurkish
- 悲痛Chinese (Trad.)
- горе, стражданняUkrainian
- سخت اذیت ، غمUrdu
- nỗi đau buồnVietnamese
- 悲痛Chinese (Simp.)
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