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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.


Broader (hypernym)seizure

English verb: distress

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


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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