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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

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

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

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Thomas Paine

Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life - a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.
Princess Diana

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
John Adams
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Distress Translations

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