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anguish

noun an·guish \ ˈaŋ-gwish \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of anguish

:extreme pain, distress, or anxiety
  • cries of anguish
  • mental anguish

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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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

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anguish

verb

Definition of anguish

intransitive verb
:to suffer anguish
  • He anguished over his failure.
transitive verb
:to cause to suffer anguish
  • a heart that had been anguished with sorrow

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.

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Origin and Etymology of anguish


ANGUISH Defined for Kids

anguish

noun an·guish \ ˈaŋ-gwish \

Definition of anguish for Students

:great physical or emotional pain


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