distress distress  /dɪs ˈtrɛs/


  1. (n) psychological suffering
  2. (n) a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
  3. (n) extreme physical pain
  4. (n) the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
  5. (v) bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship
  6. (v) cause mental pain to



  1. Financial distress, after all, usually leads to emotional distress, and epidemiologists are working to identify which populations are hardest hit.
  2. Only mental distress was strongly correlated with acne in both boys and girls.
  3. We can decode their signals of distress or read a million messages into their first smile.


  1. Blaze burns two Adelanto houses

    ADELANTO A firefighter suffering from heat distress was taken to a hospital Friday afternoon after battling a two-alarm, two-house fire in Adelanto, according to San Bernardino County Fire Department officials. "A firefighter assigned to the interior fire attack showed signs of heat distress...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Victorville Daily Press

  2. LDAS finds tethered dog in distress, another dead

    Lee County Domestic Animal Services responded to a call at 1016 Habersan Ave. regarding two dogs tied out without water on Wednesday. When officers arrived one of the Bull Mastiffs was dead and the other was in obvious distress.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: WINK TV Southwest Florida

  3. Wilton Animal Nonprofit Seeks Donations To Help Injured Kitten

    WILTON, Conn. – Animals in Distress, a no-kill cat shelter in Wilton, needs the community’s help to pay for the medical care of an injured kitten. The stray 8-week-old male kitten was found caught in an iron fence. Shelter organizers estimate he had been caught in the ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Daily Norwalk


  1. In strongly worded remarks delivered in the White House East Room before small business owners, Mr. Obama called AIG "a corporation that finds itself in financial distress due to recklessness and greed."
    on Mar 16, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: New York Times

  2. "I'm very disappointed in myself for the poor judgment I exhibited recently, and I'm deeply sorry for the disappointment and distress this has caused my family, friends and co-workers," Sutherland said after he entered his plea in the latest case.
    on Dec 5, 2007 By: Kiefer Sutherland Source: Forbes

  3. She said that she regretted "any distress or offence that her banter with an interviewer might have caused".
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Elle Macpherson Source: NEWS.com.au

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