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

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



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
ANGUISH Defined for Kids


noun an·guish \ˈaŋ-gwish\

Definition of ANGUISH for Kids

:  great physical or emotional pain


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