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  1. [noun] psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress"
    Synonyms: hurt, suffering

  2. [noun] a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"

  3. [noun] extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in distress"

  4. [noun] the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim; "Originally distress was a landloard's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien"
    Synonyms: distraint

  5. [verb] cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"


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