from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Suffering distress: the distressed parents of wayward youths.
  • adj. Damaged or previously used: distressed merchandise.
  • adj. Having been foreclosed and offered for sale, usually at a price below market value: distressed real estate.
  • adj. Intentionally marred or faded to convey an antique or used look: distressed furniture; distressed denim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. anxious or uneasy
  • adj. damaged
  • adj. offered for sale after foreclosure
  • adj. faded or abused in order to appear old, or antique
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of distress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty.
  • adj. experienceing a generalized feeling of distress.
  • adj. suffering severe physical strain or discomfort.
  • adj. emotionally upset.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Suffering distress; exciting pity; miserable: as, a poor distressed object of charity. Also distrest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. generalized feeling of distress
  • adj. suffering severe physical strain or distress
  • adj. facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty
  • adj. afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief


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  • The second is to improve the quality of band programs in distressed regions of Appalachia and Appalachia in general.

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  • On the plus side, it slows down time, emphasises the particularity of each moment, and shows the dramatic power of silence: very touchingly so when the two old men, acknowledging the imminence of death, go to make their wills and sit staring in distressed silence punctuated by spasmodic snuffles.

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  • Only luxury builder Toll Brothers has come close to mimicking Lennar's strategy: Earlier this year, Toll joined forces with private-equity firm Oaktree Capital Management LP and others to snap up $1.7 billion in distressed loans once held by AmTrust Bank.

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