distressed
distressed distressed adj. 1. facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty; as, distressed companies need loans and technical advice.

Syn: hard-pressed, hard put, in a bad way(predicate), in trouble(predicate). [WordNet 1.5]

2. experienceing a generalized feeling of distress. Also See: {dejected}, {unhappy}, {sad}. Antonym: {euphoric}.

Syn: dysphoric, unhappy. [WordNet 1.5]

3. suffering severe physical strain or discomfort; as, he dropped out of the race, clearly distressed and having difficulty breathing.

Syn: stressed, in a bad way(predicate). [WordNet 1.5]

4. emotionally upset.

Syn: unstrung. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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