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anguish

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noun an·guish \ˈaŋ-gwish\

Definition of anguish

  1. :  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 an·guish

Definition of anguish

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to suffer anguish He anguished over his failure.

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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

see 1anguish


ANGUISH Defined for Kids

anguish

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noun an·guish \ˈaŋ-gwish\

Definition of anguish for Students

  1. :  great physical or emotional pain



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