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Synonyms for distress

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. distress

    Grief is acute mental pain resulting from loss, misfortune, or deep disappointment. Grief is more acute and less enduring than sorrow. Sorrow and grief are for definite cause; sadness and melancholy may arise from a vague sense of want or loss, from a low state of health, or other ill-defined cause; sadness may be momentary; melancholy is more enduring, and may become chronic. Affliction expresses a deep heart-sorrow and is applied also to the misfortune producing such sorrow; mourning most frequently denotes sorrow publicly expressed, or the public expression of such sorrow as may reasonably be expected; as, it is common to observe thirty days of mourning on the death of an officer of state.

    See synonyms for HAPPINESS.

    affliction, grief, melancholy, mourning, regret, sadness, sorrow, tribulation, trouble, wo

    Grief at a loss; for a friend.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. distressverb

    harass, embarrass, trouble, grieve, annoy, vex, mortify, pain, disturb, afflict, worry

    soothe, compose, please, gratify, gladden, console, elate, comfort

Princeton's WordNet

  1. distress, hurt, sufferingnoun

    psychological suffering

    "the death of his wife caused him great distress"

    hurt, injury, detriment, harm, excruciation, damage, distraint, suffering, trauma, agony, scathe, woe

  2. distressnoun

    a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)

    "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"

    suffering, distraint, hurt

  3. distressnoun

    extreme physical pain

    "the patient appeared to be in distress"

    suffering, distraint, hurt

  4. distress, distraintverb

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

    "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"

    suffering, distraint, hurt

  5. straiten, distressverb

    bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship


  6. distressverb

    cause mental pain to

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


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. distressnoun

    affliction, calamity, misery, misfortune, adversity, hardship, trial, trouble, perplexity

  2. distressnoun

    anguish, agony, pain, suffering, gripe, griping

  3. distressnoun

    privation, destitution, poverty, indigence, want, straits

  4. distressverb

    afflict, perplex, pain, trouble, grieve, make unhappy, make miserable

  5. distressverb

    (Law.) take, seize, distrain

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. distressnoun

    anguish, agony, torture, sorrow, grief, misery, affliction, adversity, disaster, calamity, misfortune, straits, poverty, destitution, indigence

  2. distressverb

    pain, grieve, afflict, wound, distrain

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How to use distress in a sentence?

  1. Sudarshan Suchi:

    Before the pandemic, under normal circumstances, there were more than 2 million children in distress as such on any day on the streets, if anything in the pandemic it could only go worse, not better.

  2. Capitol Police:

    Without being aware of an officer’s emergency, the Department does not dispatch additional units or resources for an officer in distress. And if the on-duty Watch Commander is not notified of emergency identifier activations, they cannot respond to a situation.

  3. Bob Pinnegar:

    It's important to recognize that, after 10 months of severe economic distress, job loss, and decline in rent collections, everyone is hurting.

  4. Nadine Kaslow:

    There have been a number of things that people have talked about lately. One is just sort of increasing rates of psychological pain or psychological distress in young people -- more anxiety and more depression -- and I think that's for a number of reasons.

  5. Confucius, The Confucian Analects:

    The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.

Translations for distress

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  • nødsituation, ubehagDanish
  • Notlage, Seenot, bedrücken, Kummer, NotGerman
  • αγωνία, συμφορά, αναστατώνω, κατάσχω, κίνδυνος, συντριβή, θλίβω, στενοχωρώGreek
  • peligro, ansiedad, apuroSpanish
  • hätäFinnish
  • détresseFrench
  • cráighIrish
  • aircScottish Gaelic
  • संकटHindi
  • kesulitanIndonesian
  • óþægindi, stórhætta, váIcelandic
  • دڵ ته‌نگی, بێچاره‌یی‌, شڕKurdish
  • nonope, uhitea, āwangawanga, māteatea, mōrearea, ahoteaMāori
  • zetten, stress, druk, onder, benauwenDutch
  • nødsituasjon, ubehagNorwegian
  • niebezpieczeństwo, zagrożeniePolish
  • perigo, penhorar, angustiar, desgastar, desconfortoPortuguese
  • pericol, deranja, suferință, primejdieRomanian
  • несча́стье, го́ре, бе́дствие, беда́Russian
  • दुःखं,, शोकः, क्लेशः, आपद्Sanskrit
  • muka, distresSerbo-Croatian
  • shqetësojAlbanian
  • nödläge, obehag, nödsituationSwedish
  • ความทุกข์Thai
  • 苦难Chinese

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