stressed

Use stressed to describe emotional strain, like your stressed feeling before taking a test you know will be hard, or the overuse of your body, like a stressed tendon in your leg that hurts when you run.

You probably know the adjective stressed as it is used to describe feelings of worry, pressure, and anxiety, like feeling stressed by all the work you have to do. But stressed isn't always so negative — it also means "emphasized" or "accented," like the stressed syllable in a long word or the stressed themes of a politician's speech. The word comes from a Latin root, strictus, "tight or compressed."

Primary Meanings of stressed

1.
adj
suffering severe physical strain or distress
2.
adj
bearing a stress or accent
Full Definitions of stressed
1

adj suffering severe physical strain or distress

Synonyms:
distressed
troubled
characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need
2

adj bearing a stress or accent

“an iambic foot consists of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable as in `delay'”
Synonyms:
accented
emphasised, emphasized, emphatic
spoken with emphasis
masculine
(music or poetry) ending on an accented beat or syllable
Antonyms:
unstressed
not bearing a stress or accent
feminine
(music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable
light, unaccented, weak
(used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
unemphatic
not emphasized
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