distress

[ dih-stres ]
/ dɪˈstrɛs /

noun

adjective

afflicted with or suffering distress: distress livestock; distress wheat.
caused by or indicative of distress or hardship: distress prices; distress borrowing.

verb (used with object)

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Origin of distress

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English destresse < Anglo-French distresse, destresse, Old French < Vulgar Latin *districtia, equivalent to Latin district(us) (see district) + -ia -y3; (v.) Middle English destressen < Anglo-French destresser (Old French destrecier), derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM distress

dis·tress·ing·ly, adverbpre·dis·tress, noun, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for distress

distress
/ (dɪˈstrɛs) /

verb (tr)

noun

Derived forms of distress

Word Origin for distress

C13: from Old French destresse distress, via Vulgar Latin, from Latin districtus divided in mind; see distrain
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Medical definitions for distress

distress
[ dĭ-strĕs ]

n.

Mental or physical suffering or anguish.
Severe strain resulting from exhaustion or trauma.

Other words from distress

dis•tress adj.
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