What does the word distress mean?

Usage examples for distress

  1. But he was a child of the people himself, and the distress in her eyes made him patient. – The Missourian by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  2. Mappin began to show distress. – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss
  3. Until then you have my promise that I will not say another word that could distress you. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss