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DISTRESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does distress mean? 

DISTRESS (noun)
  The noun DISTRESS has 4 senses:

1. psychological suffering
2. a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
3. extreme physical pain
4. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim

  Familiarity information: DISTRESS used as a noun is uncommon.


DISTRESS (verb)
  The verb DISTRESS has 1 sense:

1. cause mental pain to

  Familiarity information: DISTRESS used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISTRESS (noun)


Sense 1distress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Psychological suffering

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

distress; hurt; suffering

Context example:

the death of his wife caused him great distress

Hypernyms ("distress" is a kind of...):

pain; painfulness (emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "distress"):

anguish; torment; torture (extreme mental distress)

self-torment; self-torture (self-imposed distress)

tsoris ((Yiddish) trouble and suffering)

wound (a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride))


Sense 2distress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("distress" is a kind of...):

adversity; hard knocks; hardship (a state of misfortune or affliction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "distress"):

anguish (extreme distress of body or mind)

pressure (an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress)

throe (hard or painful trouble or struggle)


Sense 3distress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extreme physical pain

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

the patient appeared to be in distress

Hypernyms ("distress" is a kind of...):

hurting; pain (a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder)


Sense 4distress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

distraint; distress

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("distress" is a kind of...):

seizure (the taking possession of something by legal process)


DISTRESS (verb)


Sense 1distress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause mental pain to

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

The news of her child's illness distressed the mother

Hypernyms (to "distress" is one way to...):

disturb; trouble; upset (move deeply)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "distress"):

besiege (cause to feel distressed or worried)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will distress him


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