distress

If you are in distress, you are in trouble. You're hurting — either physically or mentally.

See the word stress hanging out at the end of distress? There's a good reason for that. The noun distress refers to a state of severe anxiety or strain, often brought about by failing to study for an exam, harassing grizzly bears, or borrowing your sister's clothes without asking. When used as a verb, to distress means to cause all that pain, suffering and anxiety — in other words, to stress somebody out.

DEFINITIONS OF: distress

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n a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)

“a ship in distress
“she was the classic maiden in distress
Types:
anguish
extreme distress of body or mind
pressure
an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress
throe
hard or painful trouble or struggle
Type of:
adversity, hard knocks, hardship
a state of misfortune or affliction

n psychological suffering

“the death of his wife caused him great distress
Synonyms:
hurt, suffering
Types:
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anguish, torment, torture
extreme mental distress
self-torment, self-torture
self-imposed distress
tsoris
(Yiddish) trouble and suffering
wound
a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)
Type of:
pain, painfulness
emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid

n extreme physical pain

“the patient appeared to be in distress
Type of:
hurting, pain
a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

n the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim

“Originally distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien”
Synonyms:
distraint
Type of:
seizure
the taking possession of something by legal process

v bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship

Synonyms:
straiten
Type of:
bother, discommode, disoblige, incommode, inconvenience, put out, trouble
to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

v cause mental pain to

“The news of her child's illness distressed the mother”
Types:
besiege
cause to feel distressed or worried
Type of:
disturb, trouble, upset
move deeply
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