- 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)
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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
What is distressing, however, is that our political system does not work that way.The Supreme Court Has Given Us a Government Of, By, and For the 1 Percent|Geoffrey R. Stone|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His throat was not distressing him, and his voice was much better and stronger than usual.Chapters from My Autobiography|Mark Twain
Every now and then a piercing cry rose above the constant undercurrent of moans, and the sobbing was distressing in the extreme.With Haig on the Somme|D. H. Parry
So dense was the distressing cloud that it was impossible at times to see the length of a company.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty|J. W. de Forest
The most distressing thing was that we had not a riding-habit in the family.The Short Works of George Meredith|George Meredith
It often happens in these distressing catastrophes that the one only course open is the least palatable.Johnny Ludlow, Second Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
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