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distressed

[ dih-strest ]
/ dɪˈstrɛst /
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adjective

affected with or suffering from distress.
(of merchandise or property for sale) damaged, out-of-date, or used.
(of real estate) foreclosed and offered for sale.
(of furniture) purposely blemished or marred so as to give an antique appearance.
(of fabric) made or processed to appear faded or wrinkled, as if from long, steady use: Our best-selling jeans are the ones in distressed denim.

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Origin of distressed

First recorded in 1580–90; distress + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM distressed

dis·tress·ed·ly [dih-stres-id-lee, -strest-lee], /dɪˈstrɛs ɪd li, -ˈstrɛst li/, adverbdis·tress·ed·ness, nounqua·si-dis·tressed, adjectiveun·dis·tressed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for distressed

distressed
/ (dɪˈstrɛst) /

adjective

much troubled; upset; afflicted
in financial straits; poor
(of furniture, fabric, etc) having signs of ageing artificially applied
economics another word for depressed (def. 4)
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