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Noun
Extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain
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“Staff expressed intense feelings of distress in having to restraining patients.”
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Difficulty, especially when caused by lack of money
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“These policies are causing distress to average, hard-working citizens.”
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The state of a ship or aircraft when in danger or difficulty and needing help
“The coastguard reported a number of false alarms when ships mistook fireworks for distress flares.”
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An unpleasant emotion caused by the perception of danger, pain, or harm
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The characteristic of being needy
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A state of (typically public) dissatisfaction, disturbance, or agitation
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A feeling of self-consciousness, shame, or awkwardness
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The feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the sufferings and misfortunes of others
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A sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience
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Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or panic
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The quality of being remorseful
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Anxiety caused by living in isolation or indoors for a long period of time
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To cause significant upset to (someone)
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“He had done everything possible to distress her, including his confession of love for her.”
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To give an appearance of age to, especially a new object
“I hereby grant you permission to distress that table, to paint it pink and stencil flowers around the edge if that pleases you.”
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To influence, usually emotionally
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Distrain
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Live in a frugal way
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To wear away or cause damage through applied friction
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