- affected with or suffering from distress.
- (of merchandise or property for sale) damaged, out-of-date, or used.
- (of real estate) foreclosed and offered for sale.
- (of furniture) purposely blemished or marred so as to give an antique appearance.
- (of fabric) made or processed to appear faded or wrinkled, as if from long, steady use: Our best-selling jeans are the ones in distressed denim.
Origin of distressed
- great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble.
- a state of extreme necessity or misfortune.
- the state of a ship or airplane requiring immediate assistance, as when on fire in transit.
- that which causes pain, suffering, trouble, danger, etc.
- liability or exposure to pain, suffering, trouble, etc.; danger: a damsel in distress.
- the legal seizure and detention of the goods of another as security or satisfaction for debt, etc.; the act of distraining.
- the thing seized in distraining.
- to dent, scratch, or stain (furniture, lumber, or the like) so as to give an appearance of age.
- afflicted with or suffering distress: distress livestock; distress wheat.
- caused by or indicative of distress or hardship: distress prices; distress borrowing.
- to afflict with great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; trouble; worry; bother.
- to subject to pressure, stress, or strain; embarrass or exhaust by strain: to be distressed by excessive work.
- to compel by pain or force of circumstances: His suffering distressed him into committing suicide.
Origin of distress
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Examples from the Web for distressed
Now the center was being used for “Ebola orphans” – lost children, shunned children, distressed children.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola
November 5, 2014
But his recent Twitter feed, filled with dozens of angry and depressed rants, showed Fryberg was distressed.The Homecoming Prince Who Tweeted His Killing Spree
October 24, 2014
When told that the Gathering was back in her area, she was distressed.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
I thought, who do I want to know the most about, distressed or violent or crazy people?Surviving War Doesn’t Turn All Veterans into Victims, Sometimes it Helps Them Grow
May 18, 2014
Yet they were also distressed and filled with envy over the slightest inequalities that remained.What’s At Stake In The Tocqueville/Piketty Debate
April 27, 2014
George was glad to have some one to talk to, but he was distressed by this narration of his landlady.Life in London
I was vexed and puzzled, and distressed, too, after sending John away as I had done.The Bacillus of Beauty
She was so distressed to find that she no longer had strength to resist her pride.
When he at last reappeared he was white as wax, distressed, anxious, but still resolute.
Her face was so distressed that Linda's nimble brain flew to a conclusion.Her Father's Daughter
- much troubled; upset; afflicted
- in financial straits; poor
- (of furniture, fabric, etc) having signs of ageing artificially applied
- economics another word for depressed (def. 4)
- to cause mental pain to; upset badly
- (usually passive) to subject to financial or other trouble
- to damage (esp furniture), as by scratching or denting it, in order to make it appear older than it is
- law a less common word for distrain
- archaic to compel
- mental pain; anguish
- the act of distressing or the state of being distressed
- physical or financial trouble
- in distress (of a ship, aircraft, etc) in dire need of help
- the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of or in satisfaction of a debt, claim, etc; distraint
- the property thus seized
- US(as modifier)distress merchandise
Word Origin and History for distressed
past participle adjective from distress. In reference to furniture, by 1940.
late 13c., "circumstance that causes anxiety or hardship," from Old French destresse, from Vulgar Latin *districtia "restraint, affliction, narrowness, distress," from Latin districtus, past participle of distringere "draw apart, hinder," also, in Medieval Latin "compel, coerce," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + stringere "draw tight, press together" (see strain (v.)). Meaning "anguish, suffering; grief" is from c.1300.
- Mental or physical suffering or anguish.
- Severe strain resulting from exhaustion or trauma.