- 1Extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain: to his distress he saw that she was tremblingMore example sentences
- Considerable social stigma is associated with infection, which may cause psychological distress in the sufferer.
- Caring for people experiencing mental distress is often complex and challenging.
- They say that the school didn't protect her and that she's suffering emotional distress.
- 1.1The state of a ship or aircraft when in danger or difficulty and needing help: vessels in distress on or near the coastMore example sentences
- Three Kingfisher pilots searching for ships in distress radioed they had spotted life rafts in the stormy Atlantic.
- Tasks undertaken have included searches, medical evacuations, and providing aid to ships and boats in distress.
- Aaron continued telling anyone who was listening how the freighter ship Charybdis was in distress.
- 1.2Suffering caused by lack of money or the basic necessities of life: the poor were helped in their distressMore example sentences
- A National Grid spokesman said today that the company did not wish to cause any distress or financial hardship to Mrs Craven.
- By one estimate, medical expenses are the primary cause of financial distress for 40 percent of those struggling to hold on to their homes.
- It also noted that another operational consequence of BWIA's financial distress was the long delay in regaining Category 1 status.
- 1.3 Medicine A state of physical strain, exhaustion, or, in particular, breathing difficulty: they said the baby was in distressMore example sentences
- No significant differences between the various groups were found when the incidence of acute fetal distress was analyzed.
- Researchers first assumed startles were needed to arouse an infant beginning to experience respiratory distress.
- Additional and more serious symptoms include eye infections, acute respiratory distress, and pneumonia.
- 2 Law another term for distraint.More example sentences
- On 22nd July 2003 the father employed bailiffs to levy distress on Ash Waste in respect of £2,857 allegedly owed as rent.
- W. Toronto changed locks and posted bailiff notice of distress.
- Payments were not made under the LO and bailiffs were instructed to levy distress but were unsuccessful.
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- 1Cause (someone) anxiety, sorrow, or pain: I didn’t mean to distress you [with object and infinitive]: he was distressed to find that Anna would not talk to himMore example sentences
cause anguish to, cause suffering to, pain, upset, make miserable; trouble, worry, bother, perturb, disturb, disquiet, agitate, harrow, tormentworrying, disturbing, disquieting, painful, traumatic, agonizing, harrowing; sad, saddening, heartbreaking, heart-rending• informal gut-wrenching
- Lt. Col. Patterson said he was distressed at the news.
- I was distressed by this news; if not at Yale, then where?
- As a resident of Alastrean House in Aberdeenshire, I am distressed by the recent news that the house is threatened with closure.
- 2Give (furniture, leather, or clothing) simulated marks of age and wear: the manner in which leather jackets are industrially distressedMore example sentences
- So, I hereby grant you permission to paint that table, to distress it, to weather it, to paint it pink and stencil flowers around the edge if that pleases you.
- The surface of the table has become distressed by time. There would be no space beneath such a thing to languish.
- I use anything that is available to create a texture, make a mark, reflect light, distress the surface, etc.
Middle English: from Old French destresce (noun), destrecier (verb), based on Latin distringere 'stretch apart'.