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English noun: distress

1. distress (feeling) psychological suffering


SamplesThe death of his wife caused him great distress.


Synonymshurt, suffering


Broader (hypernym)pain, painfulness


Narrower (hyponym)anguish, self-torment, self-torture, torment, torture, tsoris, wound

2. distress (state) a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)


SamplesA ship in distress.
She was the classic maiden in distress.


Broader (hypernym)adversity, hard knocks, hardship


Narrower (hyponym)anguish, pressure, throe

3. distress (state) extreme physical pain


SamplesThe patient appeared to be in distress.


Broader (hypernym)hurting, pain

4. distress (act) the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim


SamplesOriginally 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.


Synonymsdistraint


Broader (hypernym)seizure


English verb: distress

1. distress (social) bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship


Synonymsstraiten


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bother, discommode, disoblige, incommode, inconvenience, put out, trouble

2. distress (emotion) cause mental pain to


SamplesThe news of her child's illness distressed the mother.


ExamplesThe bad news will distress him


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)disturb, trouble, upset


Narrower (hyponym)besiege









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