- 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
Antonyms for distress
Related Words for distressinglyseverely, sorely, badly, very, intensely, acutely, grievously, sadly, passionately, thoroughly, profoundly, seriously, surely, genuinely, vigorously, gravely, decidedly, quite, deplorably, menacingly
Examples from the Web for distressingly
Contemporary Examples of distressingly
The ultimate result would be a more dangerous Brooklyn, most distressingly for kids such as Sarah and Mary.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
Distressingly, this framing of the debate limits so many options.Paul Krugman’s Dismissal of Structural Causes for U.S. Employment Problem Is Misguided
May 14, 2012
Another month, another sign that the job market remains unchangingly, distressingly stuck.Fixing the Job Market
September 2, 2011
In a city as large as New York, flawed witnesses are distressingly familiar.The DSK Rush to Judgment
Gerald L. Shargel
July 1, 2011
Historical Examples of distressingly
In our experience hard cider is distressingly like drinking vinegar.Pipefuls
Consuelo was determined, indignant, distressingly reproachful!
The future is not such a distressingly unknown quantity as it was then.Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
So far the results have been distressingly uniform and hopelessly negative.Preventable Diseases
Excellent people, no doubt, but distressingly shortsighted in some matters.Ulysses
- 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
Word Origin for distress
late 13c., "circumstance that causes anxiety or hardship," from Old French destresse, from Vulgar Latin *districtia "restraint, affliction, narrowness, distress," from Latin districtus, past participle of distringere "draw apart, hinder," also, in Medieval Latin "compel, coerce," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + stringere "draw tight, press together" (see strain (v.)). Meaning "anguish, suffering; grief" is from c.1300.