Distress Dis*tress", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distressed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distressing}.] [Cf. OF. destrecier. See {Distress}, n.] 1. To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable. [1913 Webster]

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed. --2 Cor. iv. 8. [1913 Webster]

2. To compel by pain or suffering. [1913 Webster]

Men who can neither be distressed nor won into a sacrifice of duty. --A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) To seize for debt; to distrain.

Syn: To pain; grieve; harass; trouble; perplex; afflict; worry; annoy. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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