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.
dis·tress·ing a. Causing distress; painful; unpleasant.
Dis·tress·ing, adv. In a distressing manner.
adj 1: causing distress or worry or anxiety; "distressing (or
disturbing) news"; "lived in heroic if something
distressful isolation"; "a disturbing amount of
crime"; "a revelation that was most perturbing"; "a
new and troubling thought"; "in a particularly
worrisome predicament"; "a worrying situation"; "a
worrying time" [syn: distressful, disturbing, perturbing,
troubling, worrisome, worrying]
2: bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state";
"a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape";
"a sorry state of affairs" [syn: deplorable, lamentable,
pitiful, sad, sorry]