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dis·tress

distress

 
 
pronunciation:
dih stres
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: physical or emotional stress or suffering, or anything that causes suffering.
He's been experiencing distress since his wife died.The accident caused a great deal of distress for the whole family.
synonyms:
affliction, anxiety, pain, suffering, tribulation, trouble, worry
antonyms:
comfort, peace
similar words:
agony, angst, anguish, calamity, cross, desolation, difficulty, discomfort, dismay, distraction, dolor, grief, heartache, heartbreak, misery, sorrow, strain, straits, stress, tax, torment, torture, woe
definition 2: a state of extreme need or trouble.
In its second year, the company found itself in severe financial distress.The coast guard received a call from a ship in distress.
synonyms:
trouble
antonyms:
well-being
similar words:
adversity, danger, difficulties, hardship, jeopardy, misery, misfortune, need, peril, straits
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: distresses, distressing, distressed
definition 1: to cause stress or suffering in; worry or afflict.
The news that their son needed surgery distressed them terribly.It distresses me that you didn't tell me the truth about this.It always distresses her when her father refuses to take his medicine.
synonyms:
afflict, aggrieve, agonize, harrow, pain, trouble, worry
antonyms:
calm, comfort, please, relieve
similar words:
ail, anguish, bother, discomfort, dismay, disturb, grieve, lacerate, nag, perturb, sadden, strain, stress, tax, torment, upset, wrench
definition 2: to treat (wood surfaces or furniture) in order to age in appearance, as by denting or staining.
similar words:
age, antique
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derivations: distressing (adj.), distressingly (adv.)