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Definitions of distress

  1. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim; "Originally distress was a landloard's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. cause mental pain to Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in distress" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Extreme pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer distress from the gout, or from the loss of friends. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. That which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The act of distraining; the taking of a personal chattel out of the possession of a wrongdoer, by way of pledge for redress of an injury, or for the performance of a duty, as for nonpayment of rent or taxes, or for injury done by cattle, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To compel by pain or suffering. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To seize for debt; to distrain. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To distrain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To inflict pain or suffering upon; grieve. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Physical or mental anguish. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. Distressful. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Extreme pain: that which causes suffering: calamity: misfortune: a state of danger: act of distraining goods. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. To afflict with pain or suffering: to harass: to grieve: to distrain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Suffering, or its cause; misfortune; distraint. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. To afflict; grieve; harass; distrain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. To cause to suffer; afflict; grieve; agitate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Acute or extreme suffering; pain; trouble. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Distraint. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Distressly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; general affliction; a state of danger; the act of distraining goods; the thing taken by distraining. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. To afflict with pain or anguish; to oppress with calamity; to make miserable; to compel by pain or suffering; to distrain. See Distrain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. Extreme pain of body; anguish of mind; calamity; adversity, misfortune; poverty; destitution; a state of danger; the act of taking goods for rent, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. To afflict with pain; to pain; to grieve; to make miserable. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. dis-tres', n. extreme pain: that which causes suffering: calamity: misfortune: (arch.) compulsion: act of distraining goods.--v.t. to afflict with pain or suffering: to harass: to grieve: to distrain.--p.adj. DISTRESSED'.--adj. DISTRESS'FUL.--adv. DISTRESS'FULLY.--n. DISTRESS'FULNESS.--p.adj. DISTRESS'ING.--adv. DISTRESS'INGLY. [O. Fr. destresse--L. distring[)e]re, districtum, to pull asunder.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  32. Severe pressure of pain, sorrow, &c., anguish; want of money or necessaries; straits, dangerous position; exhaustion, being tired out, breathlessness; (Law) =Distraint; d.-gun, -rocket, signals from ship in danger; d.-warrant, authorizing distraint. Hence distressful a. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. Subject to severe strain, exhaust, afflict; cause anxiety to, vex, make unhappy. Hence distressingly adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. [O.Fr.] The act or fact of distraining. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  35. n. [French] Extreme pain or suffering of body or mind;—that which occasions suffering;—a state of danger or necessity;—calamity; misfortune; adversity;—the act of distraining;- the thing taken by distraining. Cabinet Dictionary
  36. The act of making a legal seizure; a compulsion, by which a man is assured to appear in court, or to pay a debt; the thing seized by law; calamity, misery, misfortune. Complete Dictionary

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