|1.||to cause mental pain to; upset badly|
|2.||(usually passive) to subject to financial or other trouble|
|3.||to damage (esp furniture), as by scratching or denting it, in order to make it appear older than it is|
|4.||law a less common word for distrain|
|5.||archaic to compel|
|6.||mental pain; anguish|
|7.||the act of distressing or the state of being distressed|
|8.||physical or financial trouble|
|9.||in distress (of a ship, aircraft, etc) in dire need of help|
|a. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of or in satisfaction of a debt, claim, etc; distraint|
|b. the property thus seized|
|c. (US) (as modifier): distress merchandise|
|[C13: from Old French destresse distress, via Vulgar Latin, from Latin districtus divided in mind; see |
distress dis·tress (dĭ-strěs')
Mental or physical suffering or anguish.
Severe strain resulting from exhaustion or trauma.
in law, process that enables a person to seize and detain from a wrongdoer some chattel, or item of personal property, as a pledge for the redressing of an injury, the performance of a duty, or the satisfaction of a demand. Distress was frequently levied without legal process, but requirements have become more stringent and now often necessitate some type of court action.
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