Definition of distressed in English:



  • 1Suffering from extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain.

    ‘I was distressed at the news of his death’
    ‘the distressed relatives of his victims’
    • ‘And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.’
    • ‘The referral letter described the marital relationship as extremely distressed, with Andrea thinking of leaving her husband.’
    • ‘He added: ‘Of equal concern, they are extremely distressed to learn that such a thing could happen again.’’
    • ‘At the time of admission she seemed to be in pain and was distressed and dehydrated, with a coated tongue.’
    • ‘Crisis pregnancy agencies yesterday expressed concern at the physical and mental pain the distressed mother might be suffering.’
    • ‘He remained silent and she watched his face; he looked so pained and distressed - completely emotionally drained.’
    • ‘He suddenly looked extremely distressed and rubbed his forehead with his fingertips.’
    • ‘Then he heard Xena's voice call his name, she sounded distressed and in pain.’
    • ‘The first person they see inside is a police family liaison officer trained in dealing with distressed relatives.’
    • ‘If Micko goes the players will be extremely distressed.’
    • ‘Often my children are woken up and are extremely distressed.’
    • ‘Jeanne is extremely distressed by the revelation in the Minister's office.’
    • ‘Unlike doctors, they cannot easily withdraw when patients are distressed and in pain.’
    • ‘She was extremely distressed, shaking, visibly shaking, very upset.’
    • ‘Because we couldn't find it as the light was fading quickly, Daniel became extremely upset and distressed.’
    • ‘‘I feel sorrow for all the veterans who were extremely distressed by this act,’ he said.’
    • ‘His name on her lips sounded so distressed and pained.’
    • ‘In Hong Kong, distressed relatives of passengers and other loved ones gathered in the airport to await news.’
    • ‘One managed to clamber back home in a very distressed state, suffering a fractured pelvis, cuts and severe shock.’
    • ‘In such cases the general family climate is distressed to the extreme.’
    anguished, devastated, broken-hearted, heavy-hearted, suffering, grieving, grief-stricken, grieved, inconsolable, crushed, shattered, desolate, despairing
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    1. 1.1dated Impoverished.
      ‘women in distressed circumstances’
      • ‘It was in February 1998 that he set out from his village with the noble objective of serving the poor and distressed.’
      • ‘Murillo is well known for his sympathy with his neighbours, the poor and distressed of Seville.’
      • ‘Sharma also made an appeal for beds sheets, mattresses, stoves, food and clothing for the distressed families.’
      • ‘They come from the poorest families and the most distressed communities.’
      wretched, miserable, sordid, squalid, shabby, shoddy, mean, base, vile, foul, despicable, unpleasant
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    2. 1.2US informal (of property) offered for sale cheaply due to mortgage foreclosure or because it is part of an insolvent estate.
      • ‘Many distressed real estate assets have since been repackaged as REITs.’
      • ‘Many steel execs thought Mittal was deluded as they watched him snap up distressed mills from Trinidad to Kazakhstan.’
      • ‘The family finances are strong enough that they could start buying up distressed properties.’
      • ‘Look for distressed sellers, not distressed properties.’
      • ‘As for AMCs, it's unclear whether there will be enough buyers in the market who are interested in purchasing distressed properties.’
      • ‘It was Lone Star Funds, based in Dallas, that launched Germany's distressed real estate business.’
      • ‘Most of these were distressed institutions put up for sale as part of a systemwide restructuring.’
      • ‘Indeed, the more private-equity groups crowd around to feed on distressed properties, the more prices go up.’
  • 2(of furniture or clothing) having simulated marks of age and wear.

    ‘a distressed leather jacket’
    • ‘Antique beads and braiding were sown on to jersey tops and distressed lace was used to create a patchwork feel on dresses.’
    • ‘Punk motifs, in particular, recur again and again, but only as hollow signifiers on pre-slashed and distressed clothing bought from boutiques.’
    • ‘He even threw in a Rebel without a Cause moment with his olive suede four-pocket jacket paired with a distressed leather pant.’
    • ‘Finally, drive the car over them until they attain the distressed patina of wear and tear that is essential to your shooting-party credentials.’
    • ‘With his manicured facial hair and distressed leather crown, Steve Hendrickson's Leontes exudes hot, renegade royalty.’
    • ‘A combination of distressed leather, shearling and military inspiration is what you get in this leather bomber jacket by Andrew Marc.’
    • ‘Wear them with a pair of boot-cut distressed designer jeans, a thick gray wool turtleneck, and a beige or brown corduroy blazer.’
    • ‘You can paint over those stencilled walls and over those distressed timber cupboards, tables, or mirror frames.’
    • ‘What if we designed products to get better during transport and handling, the way distressed leather and sandblasted jeans do?’
    • ‘In this photo on the left, we see a modern easy chair covered with distressed plum leather.’
    • ‘I have been known to wear some pretty distressed stuff at times, since after all that is one current style.’
    • ‘Don it with a pair of distressed designer jeans, charcoal gray or military green vintage sneakers, and a matching tuque or trucker hat.’
    • ‘Glossy, worn and distressed leathers complement the hues of the season.’
    • ‘There are also distressed leather jackets and printed silk kimonos.’
    • ‘When the distressed look in furniture showed up, frames followed suit, she said.’
    • ‘Give furniture a rustic look by finishing it in a distressed, aged way.’
    • ‘Take it down a few notches by ditching the velvet blazer for a military-inspired jacket worn with distressed jeans.’
    • ‘From Abercrombie & Fitch, these belts are made from distressed leather with solid brass buckles for superior styling.’
    • ‘Officers believe Douglas was wearing a black shirt, distressed jeans and a blue denim jacket with a cream fleece lining.’
    • ‘Cottage-style furniture often has a distressed look.’