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Dictionary definition for: Distress

1. (n) psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress"

2. (v) cause mental pain to; "The news of her child''s illness distressed the mother"

3. (n) a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need) "a ship in distress" "she was the classic maiden in distress"

4. (n) extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in distress"

5. (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"

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