distress etymology

English word distress comes from Latin dis-, Latin stringere, and later Old French destrecier (To distress (cause distress, anguish).)

Detailed word origin of distress

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
dis- Latin (lat) Asunder, apart, in two. Reversal, removal. Utterly, exceedingly.
stringere Latin (lat)
distringere Latin (lat)
*districtiare Malayalam (mal)
destrecier Old French (fro) To distress (cause distress, anguish).
distress English (eng) (Cause of) discomfort.. (legal) A seizing of property without legal process to force payment of a debt.. (legal) The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized to procure satisfaction.. Serious danger. (legal) To retain someone’s property against the payment of a debt; to distrain.. To cause strain or anxiety to someone.. To treat a new object to give it an appearance of age.

Words with the same origin as distress

Descendants of dis-
address debate defeat delay dessert difference different difficult dinner direct direction director disagree disappear discipline discover discuss disguise display distance distant district dress dressed dressing
Descendants of stringere
restrain strain strict