distress - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    a feeling that you have when you are very unhappy, worried, or upset

    I wouldn’t want to cause her any distress.

    in distress:

    She’d arrived on Gina’s doorstep in obvious distress.

  2. 3
    a situation in which a ship, aircraft etc is in great danger and likely to sink or crash

    a distress call/signal/flare

    in distress:

    a message from a ship in distress

  3. 4
    an unpleasant and difficult situation caused by a lack of money, food, or other basic things
    in distress:

    In some regions of our country, people are in genuine economic distress.