- 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.
verb (used with object)
Origin of distress
Synonyms for distress
Antonyms for distress
Related Words for distressirritation, unhappiness, shame, pang, affliction, perplexity, blues, mortification, anguish, worry, concern, heartache, dejection, cross, heartbreak, tribulation, woe, wretchedness, desolation, headache
Examples from the Web for distress
Contemporary Examples of distress
I inherited the Arnold Family Thunder ThighsTM, which was a source of frequent teasing and distress for me as a child.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
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’
November 28, 2014
Is it that the communication of joy has no survival value for us, while the communication of distress has?Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
Watching the game, I realized that I was in distress and asked for help.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
Ramis and Aykroyd want it both ways: an empowered heroine, and the standard damsel in distress.The Scathing Sexual Politics of ‘Ghostbusters’
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of distress
She put her arms about her neck, and affectionately inquired the cause of her distress.
Milza endeavoured, in her own artless way, to soothe the distress her words had excited.
The horses have not had any water for two days, and show signs of distress.Explorations in Australia
The government admitted the distress, but denied that it was increasing.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I was alone with God, and prayed to him for help in my distress, and for direction.Biography of a Slave
- 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 for distress
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.