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distress
'distress' - used as a noun
1. psychological suffering
the death of his wife caused him great distress
2. a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
a ship in distress
she was the classic maiden in distress
3. extreme physical pain
the patient appeared to be in distress
4. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
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

'distress' - used as a verb
5. cause mental pain to
The news of her child's illness distressed the mother

derived forms
1. Distress / Plural
distresses
2. Distress / Past
distressed
3. Distress / Third Person
distresses
4. Distress / Present Participle
distressing
Variations of 'distress'
 
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What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. - Click here to find out.
Fact of the day
The first British ship to use the SOS distress signal was the Titanic.