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 ?
This was a most unwelcome hearing, for though he might think nothing of what had passed, it would be quite distressing to her to see him again so soon.
She had read Miss Crawford's note only once, and how to reply to anything so imperfectly understood was most distressing.
They also examined the consequences of morally distressing experiences and investigated the relationship between moral distress and demographic characteristics (Elpern et al.