1. Suffering distress: the distressed parents of wayward youths.
a. Economically blighted; impoverished: distressed communities.
b. At risk of being foreclosed on: distressed real estate.
c. For sale at a low price, as from being damaged, especially at a price below market value: distressed merchandise.
3. Intentionally marred or faded to convey an antique or used look: distressed furniture; distressed denim.
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