distress

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distress

1. mental pain; anguish
2. physical or financial trouble
3. in distress (of a ship, aircraft, etc.) in dire need of help
4. Law
a. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of or in satisfaction of a debt, claim, etc.; distraint
b. the property thus seized
c. US (as modifier): distress merchandise
References in classic literature ?
Then he sighed, and with sudden resignation: "It would certainly be a dam' distressful sight," he said, meekly.
Your presence here is offensive to me and distressful to my niece.
At the mere thought of Mrs Higden in this inconceivable affliction, Mr Sloppy's countenance became pale, and manifested the most distressful emotions.
The court has acknowledged how distressful this incident was for the individual.
It looks very bad on television, I admit that, but if he had really been malicious and with the weight of his body it would have been very distressful for everybody.
He caused some distressful occasions for Marcel Desailly.
Bryant followed Sunday's 10-for-28 performance in Game 1 with an equally distressful 5-of-21 in Game 2 on Thursday.
Mrs Dudley told the tribunal: "Working in such conditions was extremely distressful and I regularly broke down in tears.
During his moments with his community at this distressful time.
Judge George Karra read out the argument for sentencing, saying: "The victims of the accused were subject to sexual harassment and were in distressful situations that caused them to be afraid.
By asking a person if they're thinking about killing themselves, that can often provide at least the platform for them to discuss such personal and distressful thoughts," he said.
People who have IBS often experience distressful digestive symptoms, some of which can be severe or unbearable.