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distress

[ dih-stres ]
/ dɪˈstrɛs /
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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

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English noun destresse, distresse, from Anglo-French distresse, destresse, Old French, from unattested Vulgar Latin districtia, equivalent to Latin district(us) “exercise of justice” + noun suffix -ia; the verb developed from the noun; see origin at district,-ia

synonym study for distress

1. See sorrow.

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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