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(noun, verb)


There are 6 meanings of the word Distress.

How to pronounce distress:


Distress - as a noun

Psychological suffering

Example: "The death of his wife caused him great distress"

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A state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)

Example: "A ship in distress"

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adversity16hard knockshardship17
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Extreme physical pain

Example: "The patient appeared to be in distress"

The seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim

Example: "Originally distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien"

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Distress - as a verb

Bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship

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Cause mental pain to

Example: "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"

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Example Sentences

"She was in extreme distress after receiving the news of her father's death."
"The loud noise caused distress to the baby."
"He showed signs of distress as he clutched his chest."
"Financial distress forced them to sell their house."
"The distress in his voice was evident when he called for help."
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Word Game Points

Is DISTRESS a valid Scrabble word?
Yes, distress is valid for both Scrabble US and EU
US/CA Valid UK/EU Valid

DISTRESS has a SCRABBLE points total of 9.

Is DISTRESS a valid Words With Friends word?
Yes, distress is valid for Words With Friends
Valid Word
DISTRESS has a WORDS WITH FRIENDS points total of 9.

Is DISTRESS a valid WordFeud word?
Yes, distress is valid for WordFeud
Valid Word
DISTRESS has a WORDFEUD points total of 9.

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