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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
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In spite of every kind of discouragement, and even of the special court of taxations already mentioned, called the Jews' Exchequer, erected for the very purpose of despoiling and distressing them, the Jews increased, multiplied, and accumulated huge sums, which they transferred from one hand to another by means of bills of exchange an invention for which commerce is said to be indebted to them, and which enabled them to transfer their wealth from land to land, that when threatened with oppression in one country, their treasure might be secured in another.
It cannot be, senor, but that this grass is a proof that there must be hard by some spring or brook to give it moisture, so it would be well to move a little farther on, that we may find some place where we may quench this terrible thirst that plagues us, which beyond a doubt is more distressing than hunger.
When he opened his eyes he turned them to the meadow, where the unknown woman was still running and uttering her distressing cries.
He was distressing himself so much that I feared to keep his mind on the subject by asking him any questions, so I remained silent.
Besides this, the unbroken darkness had had a distressing effect upon my eyes.
Alas, I have still to recount the most distressing period of my life.
Our ambuscade would have been intolerable, for the stench of the fishy seals was most distressing {45}--who would go to bed with a sea monster if he could help it?
Yes, we are severed; there is the great, the distressing truth