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Definitions of distress

  1. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim; " Originally distress was a landloard's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien"
  2. cause mental pain to
  3. psychological suffering; " the death of his wife caused him great distress"
  4. extreme physical pain; " the patient appeared to be in distress"
  5. a state of adversity ( danger or affliction or need); " a ship in distress"; " she was the classic maiden in distress"
  6. cause mental pain to; " The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"
  7. Extreme pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer distress from the gout, or from the loss of friends.
  8. That which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery.
  9. A state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc.
  10. 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.
  11. The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
  12. To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable.
  13. To compel by pain or suffering.
  14. To seize for debt; to distrain.
  15. To distrain.
  16. To inflict pain or suffering upon; grieve.
  17. Physical or mental anguish.
  18. Distressful.
  19. Extreme pain: that which causes suffering: calamity: misfortune: a state of danger: act of distraining goods.
  20. To afflict with pain or suffering: to harass: to grieve: to distrain.
  21. Suffering, or its cause; misfortune; distraint.
  22. To afflict; grieve; harass; distrain.
  23. To cause to suffer; afflict; grieve; agitate.
  24. Acute or extreme suffering; pain; trouble.
  25. Distraint.
  26. Distressly.
  27. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; general affliction; a state of danger; the act of distraining goods; the thing taken by distraining.
  28. To afflict with pain or anguish; to oppress with calamity; to make miserable; to compel by pain or suffering; to distrain. See Distrain.
  29. Extreme pain of body; anguish of mind; calamity; adversity, misfortune; poverty; destitution; a state of danger; the act of taking goods for rent, & c.
  30. To afflict with pain; to pain; to grieve; to make miserable.
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Quotes of distress

  1. Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor. And perhaps they should understand the role of a community organizer is to help people in distress – Donna Brazile
  2. I am no party man in this matter in any degree; and if I have any objection to the motion it is this, that whereas it is a motion to inquire into the manufacturing distress of the country, it should have been a motion to inquire into manufacturing and agricultural distress – Richard Cobden
  3. I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress and their hopes and dreams. – Princess Diana
  4. I just don't want to be the damsel in distress I'll scream on the balcony, but you've got to let me do a little action here. – Kirsten Dunst
  5. Forget the times of your distress but never forget what they taught you. – Robert C. Gallagher
  6. Economic distress political pressure, and social obloquy already drive us from our homes and from our graves. The Jews are already constantly shifting from place to place. – Theodor Herzl
  7. With an open trade in corn and a fixed duty we should have every man in the country fully fed and happy, instead of our present situation in which so much distress exists- distress of our own producing. – Joseph Hume
  8. They have stolen the public lands. They have grasped all to themselves, and by their unprincipled greed brought a crisis of unparalleled distress on forty millions of people, who have natural resources to feed, clothe and shelter the whole human race. – Denis Kearney
  9. The rich, by unfair combinations, contribute frequently to prolong a season of distress among the poor. – Thomas Malthus
  10. Today continuing poverty and distress are a deeper and more important cause of international tensions, of the conditions that can produce war, than previously. – Lester B. Pearson
  11. In my early days in Hollywood I tried to be economical. I designed my own clothes, much to my mother's distress – Gene Tierney
  12. There is an element of autobiography in all fiction in that pain or distress or pleasure, is based on the author's own. But in my case that is as far as it goes. – William Trevor
  13. Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress – Thorstein Veblen
  14. I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. – Leonardo da Vinci
  15. I have noticed, with much distress the excessive wartime activity of the investigating bureaus of Congress and the administration, with their impertinent and indecent searching out of the private lives and the past political beliefs of individuals. – Wendell L. Wilkie

Usage examples for distress

  1. " Please don't distress yourself, Miss Tredworth," Mr. Morriston entreated her as he crossed to the bell. – The Hunt Ball Mystery by Magnay, William
  2. Graydon and Jane looked on in surprise and distress – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  3. Bjerregrav's presence began to distress him. – Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2 by Martin Anderson Nexo
  4. My return is only a distress to you. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young
  5. It had nothing in it of a cry of distress – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  6. Elsie asked in real alarm, quite forgetting for the moment the news of the morning, which indeed she could never have expected to cause such distress – Elsie's Womanhood by Martha Finley
  7. Then the King is in great distress – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  8. " I think it all began that first night I saw you, in such distress – The Man from Jericho by Edwin Carlile Litsey
  9. The amount of the money required was nothing to him, for he was a very rich man; but the girl's manner, her evident distress the look of shame and misery on her face, surprised him. – A Girl in Ten Thousand by L. T. Meade
  10. She hesitated, and a look of distress came over her face. – The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson
  11. What could such people mean by talking of distress Owen could by no means comprehend. – St. Patrick's Eve by Charles James Lever
  12. When she recovered, and found herself in the arms of a man, she rose with an air of extreme distress and, slipping away, disappeared in her room. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  13. So far as I am concerned, I am myself in distress – The Box with the Broken Seals by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  14. She looked at him with distress in her eyes. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  15. I, one day, found Quesnay in great distress – The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete by Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  16. And her voice had in it a note of distress – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  17. Miss Ironsyde showed very great distress – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  18. The look of distress on Salome's face touched Mrs. Atherton. – Salome by Emma Marshall
  19. Never a word did he say to comfort her distress not a sign of sympathy did he give. – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  20. Sir, you distress me. – Atlantida by Pierre Benoit

Rhymes for distress