English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'distress'

(verb) 
Definition
to upset badly
I did not want to frighten or distress her.
Synonyms
upset
She warned me not to say anything to upset him.
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worry
‘Why didn't you tell us?’ – ‘Didn't want to worry you.’
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trouble
Is anything troubling you?
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pain
It pains me to think of an animal being in distress.
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wound
He was deeply wounded by the treachery of his closest friends.
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bother
That kind of jealousy doesn't bother me.
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disturb
He had been disturbed by the news of the attack.
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dismay
He was dismayed to learn that he wasn't a very nice person.
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grieve
It grieved me to see him in such distress.
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torment
At times, memories returned to torment her.
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harass
a celebrity routinely harassed by the paparazzi
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afflict
There are four main problems that afflict these people.
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agitate
The thought of them inheriting all these things agitated her.
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sadden
The cruelty in the world saddens me incredibly.
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disconcert
My lack of response clearly disconcerted him.
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fluster
She was calm. Nothing could fluster her.
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perturb
He didn't seem to be perturbed by the news.
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faze
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throw (someone) off balance
(noun) 
Definition
great physical pain
Her mouth grew stiff with pain and distress.
Synonyms
suffering
It has caused terrible suffering to animals.
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pain
Her eyes were filled with pain.
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worry
His last years were overshadowed by financial worry.
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anxiety
His voice was full of anxiety.
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torture
Waiting for the result was torture.
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grief
Their grief soon gave way to anger.
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misery
All that money brought nothing but misery.
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agony
We accepted there would be agony for the remaining children.
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sadness
It is with a mixture of sadness and joy that I say farewell.
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discomfort
She heard the discomfort in his voice as he reluctantly agreed.
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torment
We spent our days in torment, waiting for news.
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sorrow
It was a time of great sorrow.
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woe
He listened to my tale of woe.
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anguish
A cry of anguish burst from her lips.
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heartache
He had been the cause of so much heartache.
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affliction
Hay fever is an affliction that arrives at an early age.
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desolation
He expresses his sense of desolation without self-pity.
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wretchedness
(noun) 
The ship might be in distress.
Synonyms
danger
Your life is in danger.
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risk
He would not put their lives at risk.
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peril
sailors in peril on the sea
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jeopardy
A series of setbacks have put the whole project in jeopardy.
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endangerment
(noun) 
Definition
financial trouble
There was little support to help them in their distress.
Synonyms
need
the state of need in the developing world
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trouble
She tells me her troubles. I tell her mine.
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trial
the trials of adolescence
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difficulties
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poverty
Many people in the region still live in absolute poverty.
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misery
An elite profited from the misery of the poor.
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hard times
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hardship
Many people are suffering economic hardship.
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straits
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misfortune
He had had his full share of misfortunes.
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adversity
He showed courage in adversity.
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calamity
This course of action could only end in calamity.
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privation (formal)
They endured years of privation during the war.
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destitution
attempts made to relieve destitution
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ill-fortune
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ill-luck
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Additional synonyms

in the sense of adversity
Definition
very difficult or hard circumstances
He showed courage in adversity.
Synonyms
hard times,
woe,
bad luck,
deep water,
wretchedness,
ill-fortune,
ill-luck
in the sense of afflict
Definition
to cause someone suffering or unhappiness
There are four main problems that afflict these people.
Synonyms
in the sense of affliction
Definition
something that causes physical or mental suffering
Hay fever is an affliction that arrives at an early age.

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