dis·tress /dɪsˈtrɛs/ 名詞
Dis·tress, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distressed p. pr. & vb. n. Distressing.]
1. To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed. --2 Cor. iv. 8.
2. To compel by pain or suffering.
Men who can neither be distressed nor won into a sacrifice of duty. --A. Hamilton.
3. Law To seize for debt; to distrain.
Syn: -- To pain; grieve; harass; trouble; perplex; afflict; worry; annoy.
1. Extreme pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer distress from the gout, or from the loss of friends.
Not fearing death nor shrinking for distress. --Shak.
2. That which occasions suffering; painful situation; misfortune; affliction; misery.
Affliction's sons are brothers in distress. --Burns.
3. A state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress, from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water, etc.
4. Law (a) The act of distraining; the taking of a personal chattel out of the possession of a wrongdoer, by way of pledge for redress of an injury, or for the performance of a duty, as for nonpayment of rent or taxes, or for injury done by cattle, etc. (b) The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
If he were not paid, he would straight go and take a distress of goods and cattle. --Spenser.
The distress thus taken must be proportioned to the thing distrained for. --Blackstone.
Abuse of distress. Law See under Abuse.
Syn: -- Affliction; suffering; pain; agony; misery; torment; anguish; grief; sorrow; calamity; misfortune; trouble; adversity. See Affliction.
n 1: psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him
great distress" [syn: hurt, suffering]
2: a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); "a ship
in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"
3: extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in
4: the seizure and holding of property as security for payment
of a debt or satisfaction of a claim; "Originally distress
was a landloard's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents
or property damage but now the landlord is given a
landlord's lien" [syn: distraint]
v : cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness
distressed the mother"