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distress

noun

1 distress

Psychological suffering:
— The death of his wife caused him great distress.

synonyms: hurt, suffering.

Roget 804: poverty, indigence, penury, pauperism, destitution, want; need, neediness; lack, necessity, privation, distress, difficulties, ... show more

Roget 828: mental suffering, pain, dolor; suffering, sufferance; ache, smart etc. (physical pain) 378; passion.    displeasure, dissatisfaction, discomfort, ... show more

Polish: choroba ducha



2 distress

A state of adversity (danger or affliction or need).

Dutch: stress, druk, benauwenis, nood

3 distress

Extreme physical pain.

4 distress

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.

synonym: distraint.

Roget 789: taking etc. v.; reception etc. (taking in) 296; deglutition etc. (taking food) 298; appropriation, prehension, prensation; ... show more

Dutch: beslaglegging
Polish: zajęcie

verb

1 distress

Bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship.

synonym: straiten.

Roget 830: cause pain, occasion pain, give pain, bring pain, induce pain, produce pain, create pain, inflict pain etc. 828; pain, hurt, wound.    pinch, ... show more

2 distress

Cause mental pain to.


Moby thesaurus: Schmerz, abashment, abuse, ache, aches and pains, aching, adversity, afflict, affliction, aggrieve, agitate, agitation, agonize, agony, ail, all-overs, amercement, angary, angst, anguish ... show more.

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