- 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)
SYNONYMS FOR distress
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OTHER WORDS FROM distressdis·tress·ing·ly, adverbpre·dis·tress, noun, verb (used with object)
Example sentences from the Web for distress
It’s also easy to anthropomorphize and misinterpret actions as gestures of joy that are actually signs of distress or just indifference.
Covid-19—and its corollaries of uncertainty, isolation, and financial distress— is a mix of high-risk factors for developing a substance abuse disorder, or relapsing.Substance abuse makes Covid-19 even more dangerous|Annalisa Merelli|September 16, 2020|Quartz
In response, lawmakers called a hearing two months later, during which doctors and other experts testified that children suffered emotional and mental distress during the weeks or months their release was delayed.Still No Answers to Lawmakers’ Questions About Children Stuck in Psychiatric Hospitals|by Duaa Eldeib|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
Under the radar, a new class of dangerous debt — climate-distressed mortgage loans — might already be threatening the financial system.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration|by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
We became officers because we wanted to help people in distress, make a difference in our communities and simply serve and protect.What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs?|by Alec MacGillis|September 3, 2020|ProPublica
The girls send a cry for help…the situation of these girls is distressing.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages|Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In one of the most distressing events of the year, nerd entitlement hit 100.10 Things That Made Us Want to Turn Off the Internet Forever in 2014|The Daily Beast|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The health care workers, too, face “distressing” conditions.
The current lack of available Simpsons clips online is distressing.A 200-Hour ‘Simpsons’ Marathon? That’s Unpossible!|Rich Goldstein|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many Orange is the New Black fans found this scene to be particularly distressing.
“This is a distressing predicament for these young people,” thought Mr. Pickwick, as he dressed himself next morning.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
The fate of the royal family after this defeat was extremely singular and distressing.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Indeed, the arrival of the American volunteers under these distressing circumstances produced a fresh commotion in Yloilo.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
It was more than distressing, it was afflicting—the letters tore an established reputation into a thousand pieces.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
It's seeing people and objects in their weird entirety, in their true and complete shapes, that is so distressing.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
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