Definition of distressed in US English:



  • 1Suffering from anxiety, sorrow, or pain.

    ‘I was distressed at the news of his death’
    • ‘She was extremely distressed, shaking, visibly shaking, very upset.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the time of admission she seemed to be in pain and was distressed and dehydrated, with a coated tongue.’
    • ‘Unlike doctors, they cannot easily withdraw when patients are distressed and in pain.’
    • ‘He added: ‘Of equal concern, they are extremely distressed to learn that such a thing could happen again.’’
    • ‘In such cases the general family climate is distressed to the extreme.’
    • ‘The referral letter described the marital relationship as extremely distressed, with Andrea thinking of leaving her husband.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Crisis pregnancy agencies yesterday expressed concern at the physical and mental pain the distressed mother might be suffering.’
    • ‘Often my children are woken up and are extremely distressed.’
    • ‘The first person they see inside is a police family liaison officer trained in dealing with distressed relatives.’
    • ‘Because we couldn't find it as the light was fading quickly, Daniel became extremely upset and distressed.’
    • ‘Jeanne is extremely distressed by the revelation in the Minister's office.’
    • ‘Then he heard Xena's voice call his name, she sounded distressed and in pain.’
    • ‘And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.’
    • ‘If Micko goes the players will be extremely 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.’
    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’
      • ‘They come from the poorest families and the most distressed communities.’
      • ‘Sharma also made an appeal for beds sheets, mattresses, stoves, food and clothing for the distressed families.’
      • ‘Murillo is well known for his sympathy with his neighbours, the poor and distressed of Seville.’
      • ‘It was in February 1998 that he set out from his village with the noble objective of serving the poor and distressed.’
      wretched, miserable, sordid, squalid, shabby, shoddy, mean, base, vile, foul, despicable, unpleasant
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    2. 1.2 (of furniture, leather, or clothing) having simulated marks of age and wear.
      ‘a distressed leather jacket’
      • ‘There are also distressed leather jackets and printed silk kimonos.’
      • ‘I have been known to wear some pretty distressed stuff at times, since after all that is one current style.’
      • ‘Give furniture a rustic look by finishing it in a distressed, aged way.’
      • ‘You can paint over those stencilled walls and over those distressed timber cupboards, tables, or mirror frames.’
      • ‘Take it down a few notches by ditching the velvet blazer for a military-inspired jacket worn with distressed jeans.’
      • ‘Finally, drive the car over them until they attain the distressed patina of wear and tear that is essential to your shooting-party credentials.’
      • ‘When the distressed look in furniture showed up, frames followed suit, she said.’
      • ‘Cottage-style furniture often has a distressed look.’
      • ‘Wear them with a pair of boot-cut distressed designer jeans, a thick gray wool turtleneck, and a beige or brown corduroy blazer.’
      • ‘What if we designed products to get better during transport and handling, the way distressed leather and sandblasted jeans do?’
      • ‘Glossy, worn and distressed leathers complement the hues of the season.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With his manicured facial hair and distressed leather crown, Steve Hendrickson's Leontes exudes hot, renegade royalty.’
      • ‘From Abercrombie & Fitch, these belts are made from distressed leather with solid brass buckles for superior styling.’
      • ‘Antique beads and braiding were sown on to jersey tops and distressed lace was used to create a patchwork feel on dresses.’
      • ‘In this photo on the left, we see a modern easy chair covered with distressed plum leather.’
      • ‘A combination of distressed leather, shearling and military inspiration is what you get in this leather bomber jacket by Andrew Marc.’
      • ‘Don it with a pair of distressed designer jeans, charcoal gray or military green vintage sneakers, and a matching tuque or trucker hat.’
      • ‘Officers believe Douglas was wearing a black shirt, distressed jeans and a blue denim jacket with a cream fleece lining.’
    3. 1.3US informal (of property) for sale at unusually low prices or at a loss, especially due to mortgage foreclosure or because it is part of an insolvent estate.
      • ‘Indeed, the more private-equity groups crowd around to feed on distressed properties, the more prices go up.’
      • ‘Most of these were distressed institutions put up for sale as part of a systemwide restructuring.’
      • ‘As for AMCs, it's unclear whether there will be enough buyers in the market who are interested in purchasing distressed properties.’
      • ‘The family finances are strong enough that they could start buying up distressed properties.’
      • ‘Look for distressed sellers, not distressed properties.’
      • ‘Many steel execs thought Mittal was deluded as they watched him snap up distressed mills from Trinidad to Kazakhstan.’
      • ‘Many distressed real estate assets have since been repackaged as REITs.’
      • ‘It was Lone Star Funds, based in Dallas, that launched Germany's distressed real estate business.’