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