Associations to the word «Distress»


DISTRESS, noun. (Cause of) discomfort.
DISTRESS, noun. Serious danger.
DISTRESS, noun. (legal) A seizing of property without legal process to force payment of a debt.
DISTRESS, noun. (legal) The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
DISTRESS, verb. To cause strain or anxiety to someone.
DISTRESS, verb. (legal) To retain someone’s property against the payment of a debt; to distrain.
DISTRESS, verb. To treat an object, such as an antique, to give it an appearance of age.

Dictionary definition

DISTRESS, noun. Psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress".
DISTRESS, noun. A state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress".
DISTRESS, noun. Extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in distress".
DISTRESS, noun. 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, verb. Bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship.
DISTRESS, verb. Cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother".

Wise words

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.
Stephen King