What does distress mean?

Definitions for distress
dɪˈstrɛsdis·tress

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word distress.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. distress, hurt, suffering(noun)

    psychological suffering

    "the death of his wife caused him great distress"

  2. distress(noun)

    a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)

    "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"

  3. distress(noun)

    extreme physical pain

    "the patient appeared to be in distress"

  4. distress, distraint(verb)

    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"

  5. straiten, distress(verb)

    bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship

  6. distress(verb)

    cause mental pain to

    "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"

Wiktionary

  1. distress(Noun)

    (Cause of) discomfort.

  2. distress(Noun)

    Serious danger.

  3. distress(Noun)

    A seizing of property without legal process to force payment of a debt.

  4. distress(Verb)

    To cause strain or anxiety to someone.

  5. distress(Verb)

    To retain someone's property against the payment of a debt; to distrain.

  6. distress(Verb)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distress(noun)

    extreme pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer distress from the gout, or from the loss of friends

  2. Distress(noun)

    that which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery

  3. Distress(noun)

    a state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc

  4. Distress(noun)

    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

  5. Distress(noun)

    the thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction

  6. Distress(noun)

    to cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable

  7. Distress(noun)

    to compel by pain or suffering

  8. Distress(noun)

    to seize for debt; to distrain

Freebase

  1. Distress

    Distress is a 1995 science fiction novel by Australian writer Greg Egan.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Distress

    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

  1. distress

    A term used when a ship requires immediate assistance from unlooked-for damage or danger. (See SIGNAL OF DISTRESS.)

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distress' in Nouns Frequency: #2292

How to pronounce distress?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distress in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of distress in a Sentence

  1. Charles Seville:

    The United States is nowhere near debt distress.

  2. Actor Chris Hemsworth:

    The fairytales in the past were predominately the damsel in distress and the female would be rescued by the male or the prince. This time it's the other way around, i think about my daughter and I would love for her to see a film like this, where woman are empowered and in charge of their own destiny and they can lead armies and are warriors and can take over kingdoms and so on. It was exciting.

  3. Kahlil Gibran:

    You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.

  4. Jason Chaffetz:

    Our initial review of the allegations has caused alarm and distress over their serious nature, the Utah Attorney General recently made the committee aware of credible evidence of misconduct by a U.S. District Court Judge.

  5. Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal:

    If you don't have CACs, you will always have the threat of having holdouts, the countries to focus on are the big ones that are in distress at the moment, Venezuela and Brazil. It is not an issue right now but you should also keep in the back of your mind Russia, and don't forget Africa either.

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Translations for distress

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  • nødsituation, ubehagDanish
  • Kummer, Notlage, bedrücken, Not, SeenotGerman
  • αγωνία, στενοχωρώ, συντριβή, κατάσχω, συμφορά, αναστατώνω, κίνδυνος, θλίβωGreek
  • ansiedad, apuro, peligroSpanish
  • hätäFinnish
  • détresseFrench
  • cráighIrish
  • aircScottish Gaelic
  • संकटHindi
  • kesulitanIndonesian
  • 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
  • shqetësojAlbanian
  • obehag, nödsituation, nödlägeSwedish
  • ความทุกข์Thai
  • 苦难Chinese

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