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Another word for distress

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Verb
  1. To cause anxious uneasiness in

    See also:

    concern

  2. To cause suffering or painful sorrow to

      1. An injury to an organism, especially one in which the skin or another external surface is torn, pierced, cut, or otherwise broken.
      2. An injury to the feelings.
      3. To inflict wounds or a wound on.
      1. An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body:
      2. Bodily suffering characterized by such feelings:
      3. Mental or emotional suffering; distress.
      1. To cause physical harm to; hurt:
      2. To experience injury in (oneself or a body part):
      3. To cause damage to; impair:
      1. To cause physical damage or pain to (an individual or a body part); injure:
      2. To experience injury or pain to or in (an individual or a body part):
      3. To cause mental or emotional suffering to; distress:
      1. To cause to be sorrowful; distress:
      2. To mourn or sorrow for:
      3. To file an official or formal grievance on account of (an actual or perceived injustice).
      1. To distress; afflict.
      2. To inflict an injury or injuries on.
    See also:

    happy

Noun
  1. A troubled or anxious state of mind

    See also:

    feelings

  2. A state of physical or mental suffering

    See also:

    happy

  3. The condition of being in need of immediate assistance

    See also:

    help

Another word for distress

Noun
  1. Mental agony

  2. Physical agony

    See also:

    pain

  3. Misfortune

Verb
      1. To cause to be sorrowful; distress:
      2. To mourn or sorrow for:
      3. To file an official or formal grievance on account of (an actual or perceived injustice).
      1. To cause to overturn; knock or tip over:
      2. To disturb the functioning, order, or course of:
      3. To cause (the stomach) to feel ill.
      1. To break up or destroy the tranquility, order, or settled state of:
      2. To trouble emotionally or mentally; upset:
      3. To interfere with; interrupt:
      1. A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need:
      2. A distressing or difficult circumstance or situation:
      3. A cause or source of distress, disturbance, or difficulty:

Synonym Study

  • Anguish has equal force but is more often applied to acute mental suffering the anguish of despair
  • Agony suggests mental or physical torment so excruciating that the body or mind is convulsed with the force of it in mortal agony
  • Suffering emphasizes the actual enduring of pain, distress, or tribulation the suffering of the wounded
  • Distress implies mental or physical strain imposed by pain, trouble, worry, or the like and usually suggests a state or situation that can be relieved distress caused by famine