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  1. (Cause of) discomfort
  2. Serious danger
Three ships were in distress that night.
    verb (distress, es)
    1. To cause strain or anxiety to someone
    2. to retain someone's property against the payment of a debt
    3. to treat an object, such as an antique, to give it an appearance of age
    Etymology: From destresse (French: détresse).

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