Today's Word of the Day means...
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.