- 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
SYNONYMS FOR distress
Related formsdis·tress·ing·ly, adverbpre·dis·tress, noun, verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for distressing
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 distressing
- 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