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anguish

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noun an·guish \ˈaŋ-gwish\

Simple Definition of anguish

  • : extreme suffering, grief, or pain

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of anguish

  1. :  extreme pain, distress, or anxiety

Examples of anguish in a sentence

  1. He experienced the anguish of divorce after 10 years of marriage.

  2. They watched in anguish as fire spread through the house.



Origin of anguish

Middle English angwisshe, from Anglo-French anguisse, angoisse, from Latin angustiae, plural, straits, distress, from angustus narrow; akin to Old English enge narrow — more at anger


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of anguish

sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, regret mean distress of mind. sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse <a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death>. grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause <the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents>. anguish suggests torturing grief or dread <the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child>. woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery <cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city>. regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse <nagging regret for missed opportunities>.

Rhymes with anguish


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anguish

verb an·guish

Definition of anguish

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to suffer anguish

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause to suffer anguish



Examples of anguish in a sentence

  1. <she was anguished by the fear that her sons would die in the war>

  2. <I anguished over the loss of my father for years afterwards.>



14th Century

First Known Use of anguish

14th century


ANGUISH Defined for Kids

anguish

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noun an·guish \ˈaŋ-gwish\

Definition of anguish for Students

  1. :  great physical or emotional pain





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