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

Examples of anguished in a Sentence

the military's explanation of the accident did nothing to console the anguished widow
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First Known Use of anguished

1570, 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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“Anguished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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an·​guished | \ ˈaŋ-gwisht \

Kids Definition of anguished

: expressing physical or emotional pain an anguished cry

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