distraught


dis·traught

adjective \di-ˈstrt\

: very upset : so upset that you are not able to think clearly or behave normally

Full Definition of DISTRAUGHT

1
:  agitated with doubt or mental conflict or pain <distraught mourners>
2
:  mentally deranged :  crazed <as if thou wert distraught and mad with terror — Shakespeare>
dis·traught·ly adverb

Examples of DISTRAUGHT

  1. Distraught relatives are waiting for news of the missing children.
  2. She was distraught over the death of her partner.
  3. Of particular concern are phony contractors, who knock on the doors of distraught homeowners and offer to repair damaged roofs or remove fallen trees. —Natalie Rodriguez, This Old House, March 2006

Origin of DISTRAUGHT

Middle English, modification of Latin distractus (see 2distract)
First Known Use: 14th century

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