Definitions of distress

  1. To inflict pain or suffering upon; grieve.
  2. To afflict with pain or suffering: to harass: to grieve: to distrain.
  3. To afflict; grieve; harass; distrain.
  4. To cause to suffer; afflict; grieve; agitate.
  5. To afflict with pain or anguish; to oppress with calamity; to make miserable; to compel by pain or suffering; to distrain. See Distrain.
  6. extreme physical pain; " the patient appeared to be in distress"
  7. a state of adversity ( danger or affliction or need); " a ship in distress"; " she was the classic maiden in distress"
  8. cause mental pain to; " The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"
  9. That which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery.
  10. A state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc.
  11. 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.
  12. The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
  13. To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable.
  14. To compel by pain or suffering.
  15. To seize for debt; to distrain.
  16. Physical or mental anguish.
  17. Extreme pain: that which causes suffering: calamity: misfortune: a state of danger: act of distraining goods.
  18. Suffering, or its cause; misfortune; distraint.
  19. Acute or extreme suffering; pain; trouble.
  20. Distraint.
  21. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; general affliction; a state of danger; the act of distraining goods; the thing taken by distraining.
  22. Extreme pain of body; anguish of mind; calamity; adversity, misfortune; poverty; destitution; a state of danger; the act of taking goods for rent, & c.
  23. Distressly.
  24. Distressful.