Distress

Definition of Distress

Dis`tress´
n.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) 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.
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.
v. t.1.To cause pain or anguish to; to pain; to oppress with calamity; to afflict; to harass; to make miserable.
[imp. & p. p. Distressed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Distressing.]
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.

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