Distress meaning

dĭ-strĕs'
The definition of distress is suffering or pain, or a state of being in trouble.

A feeling of great sadness and despair is an example of distress.

When a ship has sprung a leak and is sinking, this is an example of when the ship is in distress.

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Anxiety or mental suffering.
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Anxiety or mental suffering.
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Distress is defined as causing someone to feel anxious or depressed, or to finish a piece of furniture in a way that makes it look old or worn.

An example of distress is when you tell someone bad news and cause him to feel sad.

An example of distress is when you paint a dresser and you bang it up with a hammer to make it look old.

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To cause sorrow, misery, or suffering to; pain.
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To cause discomfort to; trouble.
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To exhaust or weaken with strain of any sort.
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To constrain (to do something)
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To distrain.
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The state of being distressed; pain, suffering, discomfort, etc.
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Anything that distresses; affliction.
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A state of danger or trouble; bad straits.
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Bodily dysfunction or discomfort caused by disease or injury.
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The act of distraining another’s property. See also distrain.
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(Cause of) Discomfort.
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Serious danger.
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(law) The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
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To cause strain or anxiety to someone.
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(law) To retain someone’s property against the payment of a debt; to distrain.
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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.

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To cause strain, anxiety, or suffering to.
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To mar or otherwise treat (an object or fabric, for example) to give the appearance of an antique or of heavy prior use.
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To constrain or overcome by harassment.
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(law) A seizing of property without legal process to force payment of a debt.
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The act of distraining or seizing goods to compel payment or other satisfaction for a debt or other duty owed; distraint.
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Origin of distress

  • Middle English distressen from Old French destresser from destresse constraint from Vulgar Latin districtia from Latin districtus past participle of distringere to hinder distrain
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old French destrecier (“to restrain, constrain, put in straits, afflict, distress”) (French: détresse), from Medieval Latin as if *districtiare, an assumed frequentive form of Latin distringere (“to pull asunder, stretch out”), from dis- (“apart”) + stringere (“to draw tight, strain”).
    From Wiktionary