noun an·guish \ˈaŋ-gwish\

: extreme suffering, grief, or pain

Full Definition of ANGUISH

:  extreme pain, distress, or anxiety

Examples of ANGUISH

  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

Rhymes with ANGUISH



Definition of ANGUISH

intransitive verb
:  to suffer anguish
transitive verb
:  to cause to suffer anguish

Examples of ANGUISH

  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.>

First Known Use of ANGUISH

14th century


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