Synonyms of 'stress'
in the sense of burden
something that is difficult to bear
Having more responsibility at work felt like a burden to him.
in the sense of force
intellectual or moral influence
He changed our world through the force of his ideas.
in the sense of highlight
to give emphasis to
Two events have highlighted the tensions in recent days.
in the sense of importance
Safety is of paramount importance.
in the sense of pressure
urgent claims or demands
The pressures of modern life are great.
in the sense of significance
the effect something is likely to have on other things
ideas about the social significance of religion
in the sense of tension
mental or emotional strain
Smiling relieves tension and stress.
in the sense of trauma
an emotional shock that may have long-lasting effects
I'd been through the trauma of losing a house.
in the sense of underline
The report underlined his concern that standards were at risk.
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