Distress synonyms

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Pain is any sort of mental or physical suffering or distress.
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Anxiety is defined as a feeling of being nervous or worried, often as a result of fear of a possible future event.
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An instance or cause of such a feeling.
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The outward expression of such suffering; mourning; lamentation
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Absence of peace or rest; anxiety.
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Vexation is something that causes you to be annoyed or distressed.
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The definition of a crisis is a turning point or a difficult or dark time when disasters are happening or when tough decisions must be made.
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Concerning or involving calamity, disastrous.
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To be in agony or great pain; feel anguish
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To inflict wounds or a wound:
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(Uncountable) The emotion felt when a strongly held expectation is not met.
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An ache is defined as a feeling of sadness or of wanting something very badly.
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A distressful or dangerous situation.
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Danger is defined as a possibility that something harmful or unpleasant will happen, or a person or thing that causes harm.
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To trouble emotionally or mentally; upset:
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(Countable) An event that is adverse; calamity.
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Anything causing pain or distress; calamity
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Pain so extreme as to cause writhing or contortions of the body, similar to those made in the athletic contests in Greece; and hence, extreme pain of mind or body; anguish; paroxysm of grief; specifically, the sufferings of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.
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Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment.
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An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe.
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Pain of mind arising from misfortune, significant personal loss, misconduct of oneself or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness. [from early 14th c.]
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The state of suffering and want as a result of physical circumstances or extreme poverty.
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Poverty is the state of being poor, having little money or being in need of a specific quality.
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Plural form of strait
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A cause of such pain or agony
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The definition of afflict is to cause great physical or mental pain or agony or to create for someone a curse to bear.
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To give pain or sorrow to; to afflict; hence, to oppress or injure in one's rights; to bear heavily upon;—now commonly used in the passive, to be aggrieved.
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To become angry:
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To cause irritation to (another); make somewhat angry.
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To reduce a result in response to limited resources
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To cause discomfort to; distress
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To seize the property of (a person) in order to compel payment of debts; distress.
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To irritate or torment persistently:
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To cause (somebody) emotional pain.
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To have need of; require:
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To make intricate or complicated; make confusing or hard to understand
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To experience pain, harm, loss, a penalty, etc.
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Present participle of suffer.
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To cause to undergo great physical pain or mental anguish.
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To work very hard; toil
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A wonderful example
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Any condition, circumstance, opportunity or means, particularly favorable to success, or to any desired end.
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An advantage, help, sake or aid from something.
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The definition of happiness is the state of joy, peace and tranquility.
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A state of well-being or balance, often physical but sometimes also mental and social; the overall level of function of an organism from the cellular (micro) level to the social (macro) level.
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The state or feeling of being pleased or gratified.
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A condition or feeling of pleasurable physical ease or relief from pain or stress:
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(Intransitive) To become calm.
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To calm or placate someone or some situation.
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(Sports) To make a pass that leads directly towards scoring.
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(Intransitive) To provide assistance.
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To be the cause of pain or distress to; trouble
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(Obsolete) To bring worry, vexation, or anxiety.
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To relate or belong to; to have reference to or connection with; to affect the interest of; to be of importance to.
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The definition of grieve is to feel pain or sadness as a result of a loss, or to cause pain or stress to someone.
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To offend (one's feelings, pride, etc.); wound
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The definition of angst is a feeling of anxiety or dread.
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The state of being anxious.
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A disturbed or uneasy condition; restlessness; anxiety
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The state or quality of being nervous.
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A feeling of excessive concern.
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Distress or discomfort
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An anxious state of mind; anxiety.
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An urgent situation.
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(Idiomatic, figuratively) fierce criticism
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To cause suffering or painful sorrow to
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Plural form of feeling
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The act or process of distraining; distress.
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A person or thing which is the cause of humiliation to another.
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An instance of this; unlucky accident; mishap; mischance
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Psychogenic pain, physical pain of psychological origin
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To make strait; to narrow or confine to a smaller space.
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A measurement in information theory: see Perplexity.
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A state of melancholy or depression; low spirits, the blues
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(Physiology) The elicitation of a response to a stimulus in a plant or animal organ or tissue, especially in a nerve or muscle.
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Sorrow or grief; mental anguish
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The definition of an ordeal is a very severe test, trial or difficult or painful experience.
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Lonely grief; misery
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Death or decay of living tissue; gangrene.
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Uncomfortable or painful feeling due to recognition or consciousness of impropriety, dishonor, or other wrong in the opinion of the person experiencing the feeling. It is caused by awareness of exposure of circumstances of unworthiness or of improper or indecent conduct.
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A sudden sharp feeling of emotional distress:
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To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.
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A feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good.
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Ease is defined as comfort, relaxation and freedom from pain, stress or anxiety.
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Something that is difficult, as a hard problem or an obstacle or objection
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To disturb; interrupt
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To press down.
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Emotionally touching; evoking pity, sympathy, etc.
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Causing agony.
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Very bad, unpleasant, offensive, inferior, etc.
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Worthy of severe condemnation or reproach:
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The definition of distressed is damaged, suffering pain or sold below value, or made to look old on purpose.
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Conspicuously bad, offensive, or reprehensible:
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Causing grief
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Inspiring anguish, terror, etc.
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The definition of heinous is very evil or horrible.
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Tending to impair or damage; injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or injury.
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Obsessed with death or the gruesome.
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That is necessary or essential
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Piercing; incisive:
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(Law) Instituted without real grounds, chiefly to cause annoyance to the defendant
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An extreme state of poverty, in which a person is almost completely lacking in resources or means of support.
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An emotional state characterized by anxiety, depression, or unease.
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The condition of being indigent
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An international radiotelephone signal word used by aircraft and ships in distress.
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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
Find another word for distress. In this page you can discover 129 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for distress, like: pain, anxiety, worry, sorrow, disquiet, vexation, crisis, calamitous, agonize, wound and disappointment.