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, sufferingnoun

    psychological suffering

    "the death of his wife caused him great distress"

  2. distressnoun

    a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)

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

  3. distressnoun

    extreme physical pain

    "the patient appeared to be in distress"

  4. distress, distraintverb

    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, distressverb

    bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship

  6. distressverb

    cause mental pain to

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

Wiktionary

  1. distressnoun

    (Cause of) discomfort.

  2. distressnoun

    Serious danger.

  3. distressnoun

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

  4. distressverb

    To cause strain or anxiety to someone.

  5. distressverb

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

  6. distressverb

    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. Distressnoun

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

  2. Distressnoun

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

  3. Distressnoun

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

  4. Distressnoun

    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. Distressnoun

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

  6. Distressnoun

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

  7. Distressnoun

    to compel by pain or suffering

  8. Distressnoun

    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.)

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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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. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell:

    Even at a time of financial distress, it is still the responsibilities of these companies to do the reclamation that they signed up for.

  2. Confucius:

    The superior man is satisfied and composed the mean man is always full of distress.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    It is preposterous to argue that as we expand Medicare for All that people with cancer and other illnesses will not get the care that they need, in fact, under Medicare for All, the good news is that we will end the horror of millions of people going into bankruptcy and financial distress simply because they need hospital care for serious conditions.

  4. Marine Corps veteran Brian Vargas:

    The sound waves of fireworks are so triggering to many veterans, the impact of the emotional distress spills out into our lives, causing flashbacks and anger. We check and re-check our locks and stay up all night.

  5. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell:

    Even at a time of financial distress, it is still the responsibilities of these companies to do the reclamation that they signed up for, we need to make sure that those companies are held accountable.

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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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