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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."

Definitions of stressed
  1. adjective
    suffering severe physical strain or distress
    synonyms: distressed
    troubled
    characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need
  2. adjective
    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
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    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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