- 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
Examples from the Web for distressingly
The ultimate result would be a more dangerous Brooklyn, most distressingly for kids such as Sarah and Mary.
Distressingly, this framing of the debate limits so many options.Paul Krugman’s Dismissal of Structural Causes for U.S. Employment Problem Is Misguided|Zachary Karabell|May 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Another month, another sign that the job market remains unchangingly, distressingly stuck.
In a city as large as New York, flawed witnesses are distressingly familiar.
Mr. Sperry was amused by the article, but distressingly perplexed by apprehensions concerning it.Recollections of a Varied Life|George Cary Eggleston
But to turn about and look at the stage is even worse, so distressingly complete is the betrayal of its shabby deceptions.A Pasteboard Crown|Clara Morris
For some women are distressingly sensitive about these little matters.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. I (of 2)|Eliza Lynn Linton
The field hospital is apt to be a distressingly plain structure of unpainted boards with sandbags banked against it.The Glory of The Coming|Irvin S. Cobb
Two lords—one very young, the other distressingly old—have also solicited her hand in the "mazy dance."Molly Bawn|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for distressingly
- 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
Word Origin and History for distressingly (1 of 2)
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.