Definition of 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.
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Origin of distress
synonym study for distress
OTHER WORDS FROM distressdis·tress·ing·ly, adverbpre·dis·tress, noun, verb (used with object)
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How to use distress in a sentence
Their failure to act was unacceptable and affected hundreds of thousands of people, which may have caused some anxiety and distress as a result.UK’s ICO reduces British Airways data breach fine to £20M, after originally setting it at £184M|Ingrid Lunden|October 16, 2020|TechCrunch
Sometimes it’s even a sign that the tree is in distress, Aiello says.
It’s addressing the economic distress that I’ve seen growing up in very disenfranchised neighborhoods in Minneapolis.Ilhan Omar: Capitalism Cannot Deliver Social Justice|Nick Fouriezos|October 1, 2020|Ozy
Carrying a whistle in your survival kit can signal your distress to others, day or night, as long as you have breath to blow it.
Stay put, build a camp, signal your distress and wait for help.
Surely all this graphic talk of gastrointestinal distress is making you queasy.
After all, what says Christmas more than obligations, gastrointestinal distress, and insane dining companions?
I inherited the Arnold Family Thunder ThighsTM, which was a source of frequent teasing and distress for me as a child.
Not only, in the rarest of cases, where there a female lead in a blockbuster action movie, but the damsel in distress was a dude.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’|Kevin Fallon|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This workforce is being legalized at a time of unusual economic distress for the working class.Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty|Joel Kotkin|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The look of distress had vanished, and his sincere eyes seemed to shine again with courage and with strength.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
Her face wore a look of distress, almost of alarm; she kept her place, but her eyes gave Bernard a mute welcome.Confidence|Henry James
Finally, his predicament became so awkward that an expression of distress crept into his face.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
In fact, in two places some of our men cried out in distress that we were all lost.
It seemed quite the forlornest hope I had ever heard of, but Jack's distress was so acute that I hadn't the heart to refuse.Uncanny Tales|Various
British Dictionary definitions for distress
- 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