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dis·tressed / disˈtrest/ • adj. suffering from anxiety, sorrow, or pain: I was distressed at the news of his death. ∎ dated impoverished: women in distressed circumstances. ∎  (of furniture, leather, or clothing) having simulated marks of age and wear: a distressed leather jacket. ∎  (of property) for sale, esp. below market value, due to mortgage foreclosure or because it is part of an insolvent estate. ∎  (of goods) for sale at unusually low prices or at a loss because of damage or previous use.