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From Middle English, from Template:Fro {{ Template:Fro/script |[[destrecier#Template:Fro|destrecier]]|face=term|lang=fro}} (to restrain, constrain, put in straits, afflict, distress) (French: [[détresse#|détresse]]), from Template:ML. as if {{la||*districtiare}}, an assumed frequentive form of [[distringere#|distringere]] (to pull asunder, stretch out), from {{la|dis-||apart}} + {{la|stringere||to draw tight, strain}}.



Distress (uncountable)

  1. (Cause of) discomfort.
  2. Serious danger.
  3. (Articleslegal) A seizing of property without legal process to force payment of a debt.
  4. (Articleslegal) The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.
    • Spenser
      If he were not paid, he would straight go and take a distress of goods and cattle.
    • Blackstone
      The distress thus taken must be proportioned to the thing distrained for.

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Distress (third-person singular simple present [[Distresss#|Distresss]], present participle [[Distressing#|Distressing]], simple past and past participle [[Distressed#|Distressed]])
  1. To cause strain or anxiety to someone.
  2. (Articleslegal) To retain someone’s property against the payment of a debt; to distrain.
  3. To treat an object, such as an antique, to give it an appearance of age.
    She distressed the new media cabinet so that it fit with the other furniture in the room.


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