- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR distress
Origin of distress
synonym study for distress
OTHER WORDS FROM distressdis·tress·ing·ly, adverbpre·dis·tress, noun, verb (used with object)
How to use distress in a sentence
Mink experience symptoms of respiratory distress from SARS-CoV-2, similar to humans, and die quickly after being infected with the virus.The CDC released a COVID-19 test knowing it had a high failure rate|Rachael Zisk|November 9, 2020|Popular-Science
Seeing his distress, Richards put his arm around Martin’s shoulder.
Kayla Jimenez reports that the emotional distress often came in the form of vitriolic social media posts, but also included phone calls and text messages.Morning Report: What Women Candidates and Officeholders Face|Voice of San Diego|November 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Thys didn’t hang any of the flags upside down, but these are clearly distress symbols.In the galleries: A wide array of media carry election-year messages|Mark Jenkins|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
This is yet another in a line of preventable tragedies, another instance of police officers shooting unarmed men who are in psychological distress.Mother of unarmed man killed by Baltimore County police officer files federal suit|Tom Jackman|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
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.
"It is n't distressingly calm now," said the extra-strong frames—they were called web-frames—in the engine-room.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
“Professor Fortescue is eloquent, but he makes one feel distressingly vegetable,” said Temperley.The Daughters of Danaus|Mona Caird
The winters of Avignon, however, are sometimes rendered by it most distressingly cold.
You have, indeed, but you were such dear little girls then, and now you are growing distressingly tall; I do not half like it.The Story of the Big Front Door|Mary Finley Leonard
When the New York train reached there the young man found his guest in the smoking-car, travel-stained and distressingly clad.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
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