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. That which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery.
  8. A state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc.
  9. 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.
  10. The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
  11. To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable.
  12. To compel by pain or suffering.
  13. To seize for debt; to distrain.
  14. To distrain.
  15. To inflict pain or suffering upon; grieve.
  16. Physical or mental anguish.
  17. Distressful.
  18. Extreme pain: that which causes suffering: calamity: misfortune: a state of danger: act of distraining goods.
  19. To afflict with pain or suffering: to harass: to grieve: to distrain.
  20. Suffering, or its cause; misfortune; distraint.
  21. To afflict; grieve; harass; distrain.
  22. To cause to suffer; afflict; grieve; agitate.
  23. Acute or extreme suffering; pain; trouble.
  24. Distraint.
  25. Distressly.
  26. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; general affliction; a state of danger; the act of distraining goods; the thing taken by distraining.
  27. To afflict with pain or anguish; to oppress with calamity; to make miserable; to compel by pain or suffering; to distrain. See Distrain.
  28. Extreme pain of body; anguish of mind; calamity; adversity, misfortune; poverty; destitution; a state of danger; the act of taking goods for rent, & c.

Usage examples for distress

  1. Bjerregrav's presence began to distress him. – Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2 by Martin Anderson Nexo
  2. " Please don't distress yourself, Miss Tredworth," Mr. Morriston entreated her as he crossed to the bell. – The Hunt Ball Mystery by Magnay, William
  3. What could such people mean by talking of distress, Owen could by no means comprehend. – St. Patrick's Eve by Charles James Lever
  4. Then the King is in great distress. – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  5. So far as I am concerned, I am myself in distress. – The Box with the Broken Seals by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  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. 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
  8. Graydon and Jane looked on in surprise and distress. – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  9. She hesitated, and a look of distress came over her face. – The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson
  10. Miss Ironsyde showed very great distress. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Sir, you distress me. – Atlantida by Pierre Benoit
  14. 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
  15. The look of distress on Salome's face touched Mrs. Atherton. – Salome by Emma Marshall
  16. And her voice had in it a note of distress. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  17. It had nothing in it of a cry of distress. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  18. My return is only a distress to you. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young