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"
(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 someone's 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
Distress is a 1995 science fiction novel by Australian writer Greg Egan.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dis-tres′, n. extreme pain: that which causes suffering: calamity: misfortune: (arch.) compulsion: act of distraining goods.—v.t. to afflict with pain or suffering: to harass: to grieve: to distrain.—p.adj. Distressed′.—adj. Distress′ful.—adv. Distress′fully.—n. Distress′fulness.—p.adj. Distress′ing.—adv. Distress′ingly. [O. Fr. destresse—L. distringĕre, districtum, to pull asunder.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A term used when a ship requires immediate assistance from unlooked-for damage or danger. (See SIGNAL OF DISTRESS.)
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'distress' in Nouns Frequency: #2292
The numerical value of distress in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of distress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of distress in a Sentence
When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident... or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.
Even at a time of financial distress, it is still the responsibilities of these companies to do the reclamation that they signed up for.
I will be very soon introducing legislation in the Senate to establish a $ 20 billion emergency trust fund to help states and local communities purchase hospitals that are in financial distress, in my view, any time a hospital is put up for sale in America, the local community or the state must have the right to buy it first with emergency financial assistance.
When we talk about reducing fear memory, we’re not talking about deleting the memory of what actually happened, the participants may not forget that they received a shock when the screen was red, but they ‘forget’ to be instinctively scared when they next see a red screen. Learning to fear threats is an important ability … helping us to avoid dangers. (But) over-prediction of threat can cause tremendous suffering and distress in anxiety disorders such as PTSD.
The United States is nowhere near debt distress.
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- nødsituation, ubehagDanish
- Kummer, Notlage, bedrücken, Not, SeenotGerman
- αγωνία, στενοχωρώ, συντριβή, κατάσχω, συμφορά, αναστατώνω, κίνδυνος, θλίβωGreek
- ansiedad, apuro, peligroSpanish
- aircScottish Gaelic
- óþægindi, vá, stórhættaIcelandic
- بێچارهیی, شڕ, دڵ تهنگیKurdish
- āwangawanga, māteatea, nonope, mōrearea, uhitea, ahoteaMāori
- zetten, druk, benauwen, onder, stressDutch
- ubehag, nødsituasjonNorwegian
- zagrożenie, niebezpieczeństwoPolish
- desconforto, angustiar, perigo, penhorar, desgastarPortuguese
- deranja, suferință, pericol, primejdieRomanian
- беда́, го́ре, бе́дствие, несча́стьеRussian
- आपद्, शोकः, दुःखं,, क्लेशःSanskrit
- distres, mukaSerbo-Croatian
- obehag, nödsituation, nödlägeSwedish
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