an·​guished | \ ˈaŋ-gwisht How to pronounce anguished (audio) \

Definition of anguished

1 : suffering anguish : tormented the anguished martyrs
2 : expressing anguish : agonized anguished cries

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Examples of anguished in a Sentence

the military's explanation of the accident did nothing to console the anguished widow
Recent Examples on the Web Channel One’s flagship news program broadcast scenes of anguished relatives subjecting government officials to scathing criticism. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "The Kremlin’s Creative Director," 9 Dec. 2019 Van Gogh Museum researcher Louis van Tilborgh dispelled the doubts Monday, saying the oil-on-canvas painting of the anguished-looking painter was completed in the late summer of 1889 while Van Gogh was at the Saint-Remy asylum in southern France. Time, "Experts Say Van Gogh Self-Portrait Is Genuine, Painted During Asylum Stay," 21 Jan. 2020 The album’s anguished narratives brim with ghosts of family members Saadiq has lost to drugs, AIDS, violence. Greg Kot,, "10 best albums of 2019 in rock-pop-rap," 2 Dec. 2019 Those anguished sentiments are shared by the village-size encampment’s housed neighbors and nearby shopkeepers as flummoxed city and county officials cast about for solutions to the crisis. Kevin Fagan,, "Santa Rosa struggles with biggest homeless camp in county history," 16 Dec. 2019 Washington, after all, has been the locus of loud, angry, even anguished debate on a daily basis since the earthquake of the 2016 presidential election. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "The New Kind of Fury Unleashed by the Kavanaugh Fight," 27 Sep. 2018 Lately, Mills has been chasing the photographic dimensions of impeachment, documenting the angry players and faces of anguished history. CBS News, "Meet Doug Mills, the New York Times photographer Trump calls "a genius"," 17 Dec. 2019 The winless Denver Broncos suffered the worst loss of their anguished season Monday when rising star Bradley Chubb was diagnosed with a torn left ACL that requires surgery and ends his season. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Broncos’ Chubb out for season with torn ACL," 30 Sep. 2019 McCarthy's Kathy considers her bond with Jimmy (Brian d'Arcy James) a solid one and looks anguished when a judge announces the men's three-year sentence. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Kitchen': Film Review," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of anguished

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anguished

Middle English anguysched, from past participle of anguischen "to anguish entry 2"

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23 Feb 2020

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“Anguished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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an·​guished | \ ˈaŋ-gwisht \

Kids Definition of anguished

: expressing physical or emotional pain an anguished cry

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