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Distress meaning

distress - 11 dictionary results

  1. 1. cause mental pain to; " The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"
  2. 2. Extreme pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer distress from the gout, or from the loss of friends.
  3. 3. That which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery.
  4. 4. A state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
  7. 7. To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable.
  8. 8. To compel by pain or suffering.
  9. 9. To seize for debt; to distrain.
  10. 10. Suffering, or its cause; misfortune; distraint.
  11. 11. To afflict; grieve; harass; distrain.

distress - examples of usage

  1. Dear Frank, I am so glad you forgive me; and when I get out of my present deep distress I hope you will come and see us and be like old friends. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  2. But what could she do now- the landlord's agent had put in a distress and carried off and sold all her best things. - "Afoot in England", W.H. Hudson.
  3. Whatever it is, it's done and over; so it needn't distress you at all." - "A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories", William D. Howells.
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