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Definition 1: the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim - [noun denoting act]

Samples where distress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Originally distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien

Synonyms for distress in the sense of this definition

(distress is a kind of ...) the taking possession of something by legal process

Definition 2: psychological suffering - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where distress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the death of his wife caused him great distress

Synonyms for distress in the sense of this definition

(distress is a kind of ...) emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid

"the pain of loneliness"

(... is a kind of distress ) extreme mental distress

(... is a kind of distress ) self-imposed distress

(... is a kind of distress ) (Yiddish) trouble and suffering

(... is a kind of distress ) a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)

"he feared that mentioning it might reopen the wound" "deep in her breast lives the silent wound" "The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound--that he will never get over it"

Definition 3: extreme physical pain - [noun denoting state]

Samples where distress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the patient appeared to be in distress

(distress is a kind of ...) a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

"the patient developed severe pain and distension"

Definition 4: a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where distress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a ship in distress
  • she was the classic maiden in distress

(distress is a kind of ...) a state of misfortune or affliction

"debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity" "a life of hardship"

(... is a kind of distress ) extreme distress of body or mind

(... is a kind of distress ) an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress

(... is a kind of distress ) hard or painful trouble or struggle

"a country in the throes of economic collapse"

Definition 5: cause mental pain to - [verb of emotion]

Samples where distress or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The news of her child's illness distressed the mother

(distress is a kind of ...) move deeply

"This book upset me" "A troubling thought"

(... is a kind of distress ) cause to feel distressed or worried

"She was besieged by so many problems that she got discouraged"

Synonyms for distress in the sense of this definition

(distress is a kind of ...) to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

"Sorry to trouble you, but..."

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