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Definition of Distress

Distress

  1. Extreme pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer distress from the gout, or from the loss of friends.
  2. That which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery.
  3. A state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc.
  4. The act of distraining; the taking of a personal chattel out of the possession of a wrongdoer, by way of pledge for redress of an injury, or for the performance of a duty, as for nonpayment of rent or taxes, or for injury done by cattle, etc.
  5. The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
  6. To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable.
  7. To compel by pain or suffering.
  8. To seize for debt; to distrain.

Distress Quotations

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
Thomas Paine

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci

I don't know what my formula is. I only know I like my characters to walk in clouds. I like a little bit of the fairy tale. Let others photograph the ugliness of the world. I don't want to distress people.
Leo McCarey

If only 7 percent of the 2 billion Christians in the world would care for a single orphan in distress, there would effectively be no more orphans. If everybody would be willing to simply do something to care for one of these precious treasures, I think we would be amazed by just how much we could change the world.
Steven Curtis Chapman

I don't do damsel in distress very well. It's hard for me to play a victim.
Scarlett Johansson
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Distress Translations

distress in Latin is labor, difficultas
distress in Spanish is estrechez, acongojar, miedoso, premura
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