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Distress

Definition

[n] 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"
[n] psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress"
[n] extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in distress"
[n] a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"
[v] cause mental pain to

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Synonyms

distraint, hurt, suffering