Origin of distressed
- 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
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Examples from the Web for distressed
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of distressed
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
When he at last reappeared he was white as wax, distressed, anxious, but still resolute.
She was so distressed to find that she no longer had strength to resist her pride.
Her face was so distressed that Linda's nimble brain flew to a conclusion.Her Father's Daughter
- 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
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.