1. [ noun ] (psychology) psychological suffering
Synonyms: suffering hurt

"the death of his wife caused him great distress"

Related terms: pain anguish tsoris wound self-torture suffer
2. [ noun ] a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
Synonyms: trouble ill

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

Related terms: adversity anguish pressure throe
3. [ noun ] a strong feeling of anxiety
Synonyms: worry trouble

"his worry over the prospect of being fired" "it is not work but worry that kills" "he wanted to die and end his troubles"

Related terms: anxiety worry perturb
4. [ verb ] cause mental pain to

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

Related terms: disturb besiege
5. [ noun ] (medicine) extreme physical pain

"the patient appeared to be in distress"

Related terms: pain
6. [ noun ] (law) the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
Synonyms: distraint
Related terms: seizure
Similar spelling:   distressed