Synonyms of distress
upsetDictionary • I did not want to frighten or distress her.
upset • She warned me not to say anything to upset him.
worry • ‘Why didn't you tell us?’ ‘ didn't want to worry you.’
trouble • Is anything troubling you?
pain • It pains me to think of an animal being in distress.
wound • He was deeply wounded by the treachery of his closest friends.
bother • That kind of jealousy doesn't bother me.
disturb • He had been disturbed by the news of the attack.
dismay • He was dismayed to learn that she was already married.
grieve • It grieved me to see him in such distress.
torment • At times, memories returned to torment her.
harass • We are almost routinely harassed by the police.
afflict • There are four main problems that afflict these people.
agitate • The thought of them inheriting all these things agitated her.
sadden • The cruelty in the world saddens me incredibly.
disconcert • My lack of response clearly disconcerted him.
fluster • She was calm. Nothing could fluster her.
perturb • He didn't seem to be perturbed by the news.
throw (someone) off balance
1 sufferingDictionary • Her mouth grew stiff with pain and distress.
suffering • It has caused terrible suffering to animals.
pain • Her eyes were filled with pain.
worry • His last years were overshadowed by financial worry.
anxiety • His voice was full of anxiety.
torture • Waiting for the result was torture.
grief • Their grief soon gave way to anger.
misery • All that money brought nothing but misery.
agony • He accepted there would be agony for the remaining children.
sadness • It is with a mixture of sadness and joy that I say farewell.
discomfort • She heard the discomfort in his voice as he reluctantly agreed.
torment • He spent days in torment while they searched for her.
sorrow • It was a time of great sorrow.
woe • He listened to my tale of woe.
anguish • A cry of anguish burst from her lips.
heartache • He had been the cause of so much heartache.
affliction • Hay fever is an affliction that arrives at an early age.
desolation • He expresses his sense of desolation without self-pity.
2 dangerDictionary • The ship might be in distress.
danger • Your life is in danger.
risk • He would not put their lives at risk.
peril • sailors in peril on the sea
jeopardy • A series of setbacks have put the whole project in jeopardy.
3 needDictionary • There was little support to help them in their distress.
need • the state of need in Third World countries
trouble • She tells me her troubles. I tell her mine.
trial • the trials of adolescence
poverty • 41 per cent of Brazilians live in absolute poverty.
misery • An elite profited from the misery of the poor.
hardship • Many people are suffering economic hardship.
misfortune • He had had his full share of misfortunes.
adversity • He showed courage in adversity.
calamity • This course of action could only end in calamity.
privation (formal) • They endured years of privation during the war.
destitution • Equality will not relieve destitution but will spread it evenly.
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adversityAdversity is a very difficult or unfavourable situation.
• He showed courage in adversity.
afflictIf you are afflicted by pain, illness, or disaster, it affects you badly and makes you suffer.
• There are four main problems that afflict these people.
afflictionAn affliction is something which causes physical or mental suffering.
• Hay fever is an affliction that arrives at an early age.
Thesaurus for distress from the Collins English Thesaurus