V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. psychological suffering caused by grief or anxiety; 2. extreme physical pain; 3. a state of hardship or difficulty; 3. the seizure of a debtor's property; (v.) to cause someone worry or trouble

Synonyms: (v.) misfortune, suffering, anxiety, hardship, trouble, pain, agony, danger

Antonyms: comfort

Tips: The most common use of distress is to describe difficulty or danger. In law, however, distress can refer to the taking of a debtor's property in lieu of payment. Emotional distress is also a legal claim of pain and suffering. The related adjective distressed describes someone in a state of distress.

Usage Examples:

The lifeguard entered the water to save the distressed swimmer. (in danger, troubled) adjective

If you tell her the bad news, you will deeply distress her. (worry) verb

The Internal Revenue Service is notorious for their use of distress when a person is delinquent on owed taxes. (seizure of property) noun

Nothing could compare to the distress I felt when my father died. (suffering, pain) noun

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