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distress

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of distress

  1. 1 a state of great suffering of body or mind the upcoming bar exam is causing us considerable distress the survivors were in extreme distress after having been stranded on the island for a week with no food Synonyms of distress affliction, agony, anguish, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, rack, strait(s), torment, torture, travail, tribulation, woe Words Related to distress discomfort; cross, crucible, trial; heartache, heartbreak, joylessness, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness; emergency, pinch; asperity, difficulty, hardship, rigor; ache, pang, smarting, soreness, stitch, throe, twinge; danger, jeopardy, trouble Near Antonyms of distress comfort, consolation, solace; alleviation, assuagement, ease, relief; peace, security; well-being

  2. 2 the state of not being protected from injury, harm, or evil a ship in distress Synonyms of distress danger, endangerment, harm's way, imperilment, jeopardy, peril, risk, troubleWords Related to distress exposure, liability, openness, vulnerability; precariousness, threat; susceptibility, susceptibleness; defenselessness, helplessness, weaknessNear Antonyms of distress preservation, salvation; defense, protection; exemption, immunity, impunity, inviolability, invulnerabilityAntonyms of distress safeness, safety, secureness, security

Synonym Discussion of distress

distress, suffering, misery, agony mean the state of being in great trouble. distress implies an external and usually temporary cause of great physical or mental strain and stress.
    • the hurricane put everyone in great distress
suffering implies conscious endurance of pain or distress.
    • the suffering of famine victims
misery stresses the unhappiness attending especially sickness, poverty, or loss.
    • the homeless live with misery every day
agony suggests pain too intense to be borne.
    • in agony over the death of their child

distress

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of distress

  1. to trouble the mind of; to make uneasy don't let all the bad news distress you Synonyms of distress agitate, ail, alarm (also alarum), bother, concern, derail, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distemper, distract, disturb, exercise, flurry, frazzle, freak (out), fuss, hagride, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, weird out, worryWords Related to distress aggravate, anger, annoy, bug, chafe, chivy (or chivvy), exasperate, fret, gall, get, grate, harass, harry, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put off, put out, rile, vex; bedevil, haunt, plague; abash, confound, confuse, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, embarrass, faze, fluster, jar, mortify, nonplus, rattle, shake up; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, unnerveNear Antonyms of distress allay, alleviate, assuage; appease, conciliate, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiateAntonyms of distress calm, compose, quiet, settle, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize)



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