- 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)
Words nearby distress
Origin of distress
SYNONYMS FOR distress
OTHER WORDS FROM distressdis·tress·ing·ly, adverbpre·dis·tress, noun, verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for distress
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
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|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Bruce Riedel|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ramis and Aykroyd want it both ways: an empowered heroine, and the standard damsel in distress.
It was only from her suitor that I heard at last of her distress.Her Mother's Secret|Emma D. E. N. Southworth
He could not help, and it would only distress you to feel that he was upset.About Peggy Saville|Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
The distress in Joan's face was like that which one sees in the face of a dumb animal that has received a mortal hurt.Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc|Mark Twain
Before his distress we should be most sympathetic, offering every aid.Once Aboard The Lugger|Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
Night came at last, and through the darkness they heard cries as of people in distress.Smith and the Pharaohs, and Other Tales|Henry Rider Haggard
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