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distraught

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adjective dis·traught \di-ˈstrȯt\

Simple Definition of distraught

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of distraught

  1. 1 :  agitated with doubt or mental conflict or pain <distraught mourners>

  2. 2 :  mentally deranged :  crazed <as if thou wert distraught and mad with terror — Shakespeare>

distraughtly

adverb

Examples of distraught in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. The night before the story broke, West sat down for a two-hour interview with the Spokane-Review and left so distraught that its editor, Steven Smith, asked the police chief to check on him. —Unmesh Kher, Time, 23 May 2005

  3. Captured by news photographers under the direction of his manager Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis's turn in the barber's chair was a public ceremony: a symbolic shearing, not only of Elvis—who would return from the service a meek semblance of himself, a mama's boy without a mama (his distraught mother, Gladys, died while he was stationed at Fort Hood, soon to depart for Germany)—but of rock 'n' roll itself. —James Wolcott, Vanity Fair, November 2000

  4. Distraught relatives are waiting for news of the missing children.

  5. She was distraught over the death of her partner.



Origin and Etymology of distraught

Middle English, modification of Latin distractus (see 2distract)


First Known Use: 14th century


DISTRAUGHT Defined for Kids

distraught

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adjective dis·traught \di-ˈstrȯt\

Definition of distraught for Students

  1. :  very upset





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